Use of online cultural content for mental health and well-being during COVID-19 restrictions: cross-sectional survey.
Syed Sheriff RJ., Adams H., Riga E., Przybylski AK., Bonsaver L., Bergin L., O'Dell B., McCormack S., Creswell C., Cipriani A., Geddes JR.
AIMS AND METHOD: To gain a deeper understanding of the use of online culture and its potential benefits to mental health and well-being, sociodemographic characteristics and self-reported data on usage, perceived mental health benefits and health status were collected in an online cross-sectional survey during COVID-19 restrictions in the UK in June-July 2020. RESULTS: In total, 1056 people completed the survey. A high proportion of participants reported finding online culture helpful for mental health; all but one of the benefits were associated with regular use and some with age. Reported benefits were wide-ranging and interconnected. Those aged under 25 years were less likely to be regular users of online culture or to have increased their use during lockdown. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: There may be benefits in targeting cultural resources for mental health to vulnerable groups such as young adults.