Use of online cultural content for mental health and well-being during COVID-19 restrictions: cross-sectional survey

Rebecca J Syed Sheriff, Helen Adams, Evgenia Riga, Andrew K Przybylski, Laura Bonsaver, Laura Bergin, Bessie O'Dell, Susan McCormack, Cathy Creswell, Andrea Cipriani, John R Geddes

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-287
Number of pages10
JournalBJPsych bulletin
Issue number5
Early online date12 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2022

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