Next Article in Journal
A Network Analysis of Major Depressive Disorder Symptoms and Age- and Gender-Related Differences in People over 65 in a Madrid Community Sample (Spain)
Next Article in Special Issue
The Bittersweet Effects of COVID-19 on Mental Health: Results of an Online Survey among a Sample of the Dutch Population Five Weeks after Relaxation of Lockdown Restrictions
Previous Article in Journal
Outcomes of Culturally Tailored Dietary Intervention in the North African and Bangladeshi Diabetic Patients in Italy
Previous Article in Special Issue
Examining the Associations between Psychological Flexibility, Mindfulness, Psychosomatic Functioning, and Anxiety during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Path Analysis
Article

Social Media Activities, Emotion Regulation Strategies, and Their Interactions on People’s Mental Health in COVID-19 Pandemic

by 1,2,†, 3,†, 2,4,*,‡ and 5,*
1
Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Beijing Normal University at Zhuhai, Zhuhai 519087, China
2
Research Institute of Science Education, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China
3
School of Public Finance and Public Administration, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, Nanchang 330013, China
4
College of Education for the Future, Beijing Normal University at Zhuhai, Zhuhai 519087, China
5
Institute of Psychological Quality and Education, East China Jiaotong University, Nanchang 330013, China
*
Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Both Yang and Liu are regarded as the first authors.
Li′s research work for this paper was mainly done in affiliation 4.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(23), 8931; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238931
Received: 20 October 2020 / Revised: 25 November 2020 / Accepted: 27 November 2020 / Published: 1 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19)
The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the general population’s life worldwide. People may spend more time on social media because of policies like “work at home”. Using a cross-sectional dataset collected through an online survey in February 2020, in China, we examined (1) the relationships between social media activities and people’s mental health status and (2) the moderation effect of emotional-regulation strategies. The sample included people aged ≥18 years from 32 provinces and regions in China (N = 3159). The inferential analyses included a set of multiple linear regressions with interactions. Our results showed that sharing timely, accurate, and positive COVID-19 information, reducing excessive discussions on COVID-19, and promoting caring online interactions rather than being judgmental, might positively associate with the general public’s psychological well-being. Additionally, the relationships between social media activities and psychological well-being varied at different emotion-regulation strategy levels. Adopting the cognitive reappraisal strategy might allay the adverse relationships between certain social media activities and mental health indicators. Our findings expanded the theory of how social media activities can be associated with a human being’s mental health and how it can interact with emotion-regulation strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic. View Full-Text
Keywords: social media activities; emotion-regulation strategies; mental health; COVID-19 pandemic social media activities; emotion-regulation strategies; mental health; COVID-19 pandemic
Show Figures

Figure 1

MDPI and ACS Style

Yang, Y.; Liu, K.; Li, S.; Shu, M. Social Media Activities, Emotion Regulation Strategies, and Their Interactions on People’s Mental Health in COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8931. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238931

AMA Style

Yang Y, Liu K, Li S, Shu M. Social Media Activities, Emotion Regulation Strategies, and Their Interactions on People’s Mental Health in COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(23):8931. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238931

Chicago/Turabian Style

Yang, Yang, Keqiao Liu, Siqi Li, and Man Shu. 2020. "Social Media Activities, Emotion Regulation Strategies, and Their Interactions on People’s Mental Health in COVID-19 Pandemic" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 23: 8931. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238931

Find Other Styles
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop