The Impact of Covid-19 Lockdown on Internet Usage

The Impact of Covid-19 Lockdown on Internet Usage CHAPTER ONE INTRODUCTION 1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY Even before the government implemented a lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19, research have shown that most people utilize social media and the internet to cope with low mood and challenging thoughts as a sort of escapism (Király et al., 2020). Escapism is a type of avoidant coping that aims to alleviate stress by leaving unsatisfactory living conditions (Gurbuz, & Ozkan, 2019). According to this study, people use social media platforms like Instagram as a type of escapism. Furthermore, recent studies have shown an increase in nomophobia in Turkish youths (Durak, 2019; Gurbuz & Ozkan, 2020), also known as the fear of being without a mobile phone, a term coined by YouGov UK  in response to increased reports of anxiety disorders...
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