Good news! All those hours spent ‘sailing’ sailing redeemed and laughing with hilarious memes over the past 20 months can have had a positive impact on your health and well-being.
A recent study published by the American Psychological Association found that memes helped Americans cope better with stress during the pandemic, noting that they made people feel calmer and more self-sufficient. ”.
In particular, those who have consumed memes about the pandemic have felt more confident in their ability to cope with a global health crisis.
But what are memes?
A meme usually comes in the form of a photo or video, although it can often stand simply as text. When a meme resonates with many people, that is, tells them something, then they share it with each other by distributing it en masse, through social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.
At the same time, memes are a set of ideas, beliefs or behaviors reproduced by the world of internet and media. Memes are ‘sticky’ but they do not have a practical purpose. Many people see them as a safeguard against societal pressures.
Author Jessica Myrick told the Washington Post that people have used memes as a bridge and way of communicating with people they could not meet in person during the pandemic.
“Because we are isolated and when we see a meme about COVID-19, which reflects our shared experience, it has a really strong impact because in this period without real inter-personal interaction, something is found to help you understand that you are not alone and that others are going through the same thing with you. ” – says Myrick.
And this feature is in fact not only present during the pandemic but it can be easily evidenced in many situations where through memes, people understand each other by interpreting different situations seen in the same light by our collective consciousness.
Although this is a broader topic than a single study, according to the Washington Post, this is really good news for users of online platforms, as if the automated effect of social networks like Facebook or Instagram, has been proven to have negative effects on our brains as well as devastating impact on the self-confidence of young ages, we can at least rejoice somewhat as we learn that memes are helping us stay positive and peaceful.