Outcome of immobility on social media during the lockdown

Article Publish Date : July 8, 2020

 Arun is in his early twenties.  His regular life mainly consists of university classes and outing with friends. He spends his leisure time playing video games, watching TV shows & movies and enjoys being present on social media. He never had much interest in extracurricular activities as it mostly lay in his academics. He never had to question his abilities or interest in other areas until the lockdown took place due to the pandemic.

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Our lives mostly revolve around our corporate jobs and responsibilities of day to day life. Most people do not get time to invest in things they are passionate about. The lockdown has been helpful to them in this way. Apart from spending time with their loved ones, the majority of people have engaged in recreational activities like learning to play instruments, painting, cooking their favourite recipes & conducting online programmes, and social media has witnessed their growing knack.  And while they’ve been busy posting it on different online networking sites, there is a section of people who aren’t being able to explore their suppressed strength in similar ways and Arun is a part of them.

What is happening as a result of this?

For people who are more connected to the outside world, the lockdown can be suffocating. Since they are used to spending most of their time with others, the solitude to them turns into loneliness. Seeing others perform all sort of activities online and not being able to do the same has led to a downfall in their self-esteem and lowered their confidence. It can even induce different negative thoughts & emotions in them. The corporate jobs train our body to inactivity leading to laziness and obesity; due to which even if people desire to be productive during this time they may fail to gather physical energy and lack motivation.

Frustration-aggression Hypothesis

The frustration-aggression hypothesis states that frustration of goals is an origin of aggressive behaviour. As sources of frustration gets accumulated, the aggression is discharged in convenient ways. Drawing in part on Freudian concepts of displacement, projection, and catharsis, the scapegoating theory held that once frustration and the impetus for aggressive behaviour have occurred, it makes relatively little difference who receives the brunt of the violence. In some cases, aggression naturally takes the form of retaliation against the initial source of frustration. In other cases, situational constraints can prevent a person from being able to react against the actual source of frustration (such as when the frustration was caused by a very powerful person or group). In still other cases, such as natural disasters, there may be no one to blame, but the frustration can still produce aggressive inclinations. (Source: Britannica.com)

Thus it is evident that the nationwide lockdown is a similar kind of situation where people are immobile. The inability to achieve their desired goals will lead to frustration, eventually making them aggressive and behave violently. An additional reason to this  is  reduced span of attention. The tasks we engage in are very short-spaned these days and constantly jump from one task to another. Cellphones, app notifications, instant messages have a huge role-play in this. And it usually takes us more time to gain back the attention. The inability to focus or persist the attention can also lead to frustration.

If these small problems go unnoticed, it can prove to be detrimental. The primary step towards such a situation is to go easy on yourself. It’s not mandatory to perform some sort of activity and put it online. We need not conform just because everyone else is doing the same thing. If you want to spend your time watching a movie with your family over some popcorn, then so be it. Enjoy your time however you like it best. Let go of the constant urge to be productive. Seek support if you need and also provide it when someone else needs it and we will find our way through this.

Author Detail

Aishee Mukherjee

An undergoing psychology student dwelling in the matters of the society.

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  1. In this arduous time, we must suggest our friends and families (who does not have any involvement in physical curriculums), reading some books, based on the meaning of life or psychology. An insight into self-introspection might prove to yield positive impact on the mind and body.

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