Inspiring Minds seeks to broaden awareness and impact of graduate student research, while enhancing transferable skills. Students were challenged to describe their research, scholarship or creative activity in 150 or fewer words to share with our community.
Social media use may have positively impacted mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the first wave of government enforced lockdowns, the number of TikTok downloads skyrocketed past the 2 billion mark, making the platform a worldwide phenomenon. People gravitated towards the app because of its entertaining features: unique video effects, sounds, humorous content, and online community. For some, the platform may have benefitted their mental health during a period of intense social isolation. This research project looked at TikTok videos posted during lockdowns for a more comprehensive understanding of how TikTok fostered social connectivity, creativity, and escape from mental health issues during COVID-19. The videos consisted of people creating artwork, engaging in dance challenges and household competitions. The videos were analyzed through the application of a theoretical framework that theorizes why people gravitate towards certain mediums and how they fulfill specific needs.
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