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APA Shares Study on How Memes Are Helping People Cope With the Pandemic

This may seem obvious, but it’s nice to have a study to confirm it: “Funny memes may help people cope with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, making viewers feel calmer and more content,” the American Psychological Association (APA) reports.

According to “Consuming Memes During the COVID Pandemic: Effects of Memes and Meme Type on COVID-Related Stress and Coping Efficacy,” published in the Psychology of Popular Media journal, “Looking at memes about COVID-19 also increased people’s confidence in their ability to deal with the pandemic. … The researchers found that people who viewed memes compared with other types of media reported higher levels of humor and more positive emotions, which was indirectly related to a decrease in stress about the COVID-19 pandemic. People who viewed memes with captions related to COVID-19 were even more likely to have lower stress levels about the pandemic than people who viewed memes without COVID-related captions.”

This study is based on a December 2020 survey of 748 people ages 18–88.

For more information and a description of how the study worked, read the press release.

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