Workshop Proceedings of the 17th International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media

Workshop: Workshop on Data for the Wellbeing of Most Vulnerable

DOI: 10.36190/2023.04

Published: 2023-06-01
News Hurts: Exploring the Link Between Pandemic-Related Social Media Use and Trauma Symptoms
Claudine Tinsman, Max Van Kleek, Siddharth Arora

The link between indirect exposure to disasters via traditional media and the development of post-traumatic stress symptoms has long been a topic of interest in multiple academic fields. However, limited research exists on the effects of disaster social media use and the development of post-traumatic stress symptoms. In this study, we conducted an unprecedented exploratory investigation of the association between types of social media use and pandemic-related post-traumatic stress, considering risk factors including demographics, traditional disaster media use, and health history. Our findings suggest an association between passive social media use and high levels of pandemic-related post-traumatic stress symptoms among individuals who were not directly exposed to COVID-19.