Promoting Mental Wellbeing: Young Adults’ Experience on TikTok during the COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown in Nigeria

  • Silas Udenze University of Abuja, Nigeria
  • Chinwe Elizabeth Uzochukwu Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria
Palavras-chave: Média sociais, TikTok, Vídeos curtos, Isolamento, COVID-19


A partir do último trimestre de 2019, o mundo testemunhou o surgimento do vírus COVID -19 que o atingiu brutalmente, e a Nigéria não foi uma exceção. Enquanto os países lutavam para encontrar estratégias para controlar o vírus, a opção de confinamento tornou-se fundamental. Durante o período de confinamento na Nigéria, a maioria das pessoas, especialmente os jovens, não puderam visitar os lugares que quisessem. Consequentemente, os média sociais tornaram-se a sua fonte de consolo. Este estudo examina as experiências de jovens adultos na utilização do TikTok para minimizar o efeito negativo do isolamento durante o bloqueio COVID -19 na Nigéria. Foram entrevistados dez jovens com idades entre 19 e 31 anos. Uma análise temática das entrevistas usando as etapas de Braun e Clark (2006) para conduzir a análise temática revelou quatro temas abrangentes que descrevem as experiências dos participantes no TikTok durante o bloqueio. Proeminente entre os temas, o estudo revelou como os vídeos curtos do TikTok se destacaram em impactar terapeuticamente os participantes da pesquisa, aliviar o tédio e impactar positivamente na sua saúde mental. O presente estudo sugere que os vídeos curtos do TikTok podem ser um fenómeno que pode ser adotado por indivíduos ou mesmo por profissionais de saúde, especialmente psicoterapeutas no manuseamento ou tratamento de pacientes em situações semelhantes, como o confinamento obrigatório do COVID -19.


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Udenze, S., & Uzochukwu, C. (2021). Promoting Mental Wellbeing: Young Adults’ Experience on TikTok during the COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown in Nigeria. Interações: Sociedade E As Novas Modernidades, (40), 9-28.