Case 1# Mr. Yun recently posted a picture of a meal with children in an online community and received a comment. Community members have been accused of violating the “social distance” in the event that the corona outbreak is not completely over. “I don’t want anyone to eat out, i know i’m only at home,” he continued, “The corona doesn’t end because of this guy.” Mr. Yao said, “The confirmer is also decreasing. I was forced to go out because i was forced to go out because of the short time i received my meal ticket as a gift, but I was offended by the comments that came out,” he complained, complaining that he was considering leaving the community, where he had been active for nearly 10 years.
Case 2# Mr. Yun, who has been actively communicating with acquaintances through the usual social network service (SNS), recently compiled more than half of his social media followers. This is because those who have been close lysis have expressed different opinions on government guidelines since the Corona 19 incident, and fatigue has increased. Mr. Kim said, “For a while, there has been a dispute over the supply of masks, and nowadays there has been a lot of disagreement and contention regarding funding. “I thought it would be better to stay away from the pechins who disagree for the time being because everyone is nervous.”
■Corona blue spread online
The Corona 19 crisis is prolonged and more people are complaining of fatigue in online relationships. Due to physical distance, outdoor activities and face-to-face contact is reduced, and online dependence is increasing, and conflicts in the Internet community, social media, and community chat rooms are on the rise. Experts say that accumulated fatigue due to persistent stress situations can be more sensitive online.
On March 21, the government extended the distance period to 5 May after recommending a high-intensity social distance to prevent the spread of corona to all citizens. Although the corona 19 proliferation has been reduced and the level of practice has been somewhat eased, there remains a reluctance to engage in external activities and physical contact.
Face-to-face contact has decreased and online usage has increased significantly. According to an analysis by internet ranking information site Rank.com, naver’s average daily usage time per person was 40 minutes and 18 seconds in the last week of March, from 34:45 in November last year, before the Corona 19 incident. KakaoTalk messages have increased the number of people asking for regards, and the usage of Katok has increased. The average daily usage per person was 39:42 in the last week of March, from 36:16 in November last year. In the last week of February, when the spread of corona accelerated, it increased to 45 minutes and 40 seconds.
Psychiatrist Kim Jin-se said, “As more contacts online than usual, the conflict in them has increased, and even minor disagreements that would normally have been passed on can now provoke great anger.”
The spread of infectious diseases and voluntary isolation have increased the stress on members of society and increased the intensity of accusations of “deviating” others that can threaten public safety. Dr. Kim said that this situation could be amplified in line with the characteristics of the online space, which is represented by non-face-to-face anonymity.
Online, emotions and expressions can be exaggerated even in ordinary situations. In the past, there were adverse effects and harms caused by anonymity, such as malicious comments and fake news, but in the disaster of spreading infectious diseases, it is a more sharp and extreme response to extremely routine activities such as going out and eating out.
Dr. Kim said, “This can be a very threatening act for the vast majority of people who are concerned about the continuation of transmission, fear of second proliferation, and a sense of damage accumulated by long-term inconveniences.”
“It is important to understand the nature of non-face-to-face communication and to accept the limitations of online space,” Kim said, adding, “It is advisable to avoid over-reliance on online relationships to demand the exchange of private feelings, or to give information that might cause negative emotions.”
■How to “turn away” is also possible, “you can turn it off for a while”
Case 3# Mr. Yao recently deleted the SNS app on his smartphone. Corona-related fake news is often shared and anxiety and stress have increased. Mr. Yao complained that “even acquaintances who were wary of fake news were shocked to casually share unverified information, from mask-related content to rumors about specific regions and groups, to conspiracy theories, and because of fake news that is shared indiscriminately.”
Fake news, which is quickly and widely circulated through digital networks such as collective chat rooms and social network services (SNS), adds to online fatigue. Especially in disaster situations, we are more vulnerable to fake news. This is due to the psychology of obtaining more information to reduce uncertainty as anxiety grows.
Choi Ki-hong, professor of psychology at Korea University, said, “There are many factors that promote anxiety in excessive information,” and “sharing unverified information can be stressful and confusing to the recipient, so it is better to refrain from sharing it.”
In situations where face-to-face contact is reduced due to social distance, it is very important to maintain continuous communication through non-face-to-face channels. The Korean Psychological Association encourages families and acquaintances to give their families and acquaintances a word of aid and encouragement through social media accounts, hand written letters, mezzanine, and video calls. However, you should refrain from expressing excessive concern or sharing too much information. Even if it was “to help” or “good intentions,” it can be a psychological blow to the recipient when they encounter shocking news or negative information without preparation.
Experts advise that “to avoid confusion, it is a way to look away.” You don’t have to look at all the media information that’s pouring out online or on social media.
If you look at too much information from time to time, you may be stimulated psychologically. It is better not to check repeatedly while looking at the necessary information at a certain time.
In chat rooms with too much information, it is helpful to temporarily turn off the alarm or consciously reduce the time spent viewing your phone.
If you encounter fake news, it is better to reduce stress than to think that there will be other intents in it.
Professor Choi stressed that “the more confusing the situation, the more we will listen to credible information,” and said, “In the current situation, it is sufficient to check the infection information released by the Centers for Disease Control once or twice a day.”
He continued, “Everyone feels anxiety and fear in an epidemic situation,” adding, “In particular, there is no nonverbal information, such as expressions and voices online, so negative opinions can be amplified and accepted. We need to be as careful and careful with each other as possible.”
■’Post Corona’ Now when you need to work hard to protect your hearing
As of 0 o’clock on May 2, the total number of domestic corona confirmers was 17,780, up from six the previous day. Corona 19 infection steadily remains around 10 people since the number of new confirmed deaths has decreased to 18 on The 18th. The fear and tension that has been covering us for more than 100 days is fading.
Experts say, “Now is the time to look after your tired mind and put your efforts into psychological protection.” Even for those who are not confirmers or quarantiners, it is necessary to take care of their mental health more carefully to prevent second-degree damage from the spread of corona 19, the so-called corona blue.
It is normal for the reaction of stress to disappear naturally when the cause is gone. However, long-term stress, such as the Corona 19 incident, can lead to second-degree emotional anxiety and prolong the damage.
The Korean Society of Clinical Psychology (www.kcp.or.kr) provides information on the symptoms of stress caused by infectious diseases.
Headaches, indigestion, dizziness, palpitations symptoms, insomnia due to excessive fear and fear, anxiety and anger, if the annoyance persists, if unwanted memories occur repeatedly, if the memory and concentration is lost, it is better to get the help of a specialist if symptoms such as the absence of energy continues.
The quarantine and the general public can be helped through the Mental Health and Welfare Center (1577-0199), the National Trauma Center (02-2204-0001-2) for confirmed persons and their families.
You can also get professional counseling through the Korea Psychological Association’s free telephone consultation service (070-5067-2619, 2819, 5719) and the KakaoTalk channel Corona Psychological Counseling.
Professor Choi Ki-hong said, “In the midst of a disaster, the impact may not be aware of the psychological impact. Rather, the stress and fatigue accumulated after the situation calmed down often resulted in depressive feelings or emotional anxiety,” he said.