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What’s bugging us in the COVID-19 minimal preventive measures?

What’s bugging us in the COVID-19 minimal preventive measures?

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By Anja M on Aug 29, 2020

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Inability to make sense of the information around us

My discovery journey on the topic led me to this 2-hour long video: https://youtu.be/7LqaotiGWjQ Daniel Schmachtenberger talks about why the "information ecology" is so damaged, and what it will take to make it healthy. Without good sensemaking, we cannot even begin to act in the world.

by Darko Savic on Aug 30, 2020

Anja M 21 days ago

Thanks. In the first couple of minutes it caught my attention, so I am getting back when I watch the whole thing. ...

Darko Savic 21 days ago

It's one of the most influential talks I've seen this year...

Peer pressure

Just yesterday I received phone calls from individuals from 3 different social groups asking me to join a casual meeting they were planning. I know it’s been long since we have met. I tried to decline to join each meeting carefully. Some calls ended up in agreement with my thoughts and postponed the meeting to a healthier time. Some of the other individuals respected my thoughts and excused me (although they went ahead with the meeting with those who wanted to meet). A portion of the calls tried to convince me otherwise. They even provided examples of other “anti-social” souls like me whom they could convince to meet. I felt the sorriest for those who caved in. The same has happened with people wearing masks and taking other protective measures. So, peer pressure can be another reason bugging us.

by Shubhankar Kulkarni on Aug 31, 2020

Anja M 17 days ago

Definitely. Even then, perhaps it can be classified as a sort of selfishness, but, it is contestable it can be a category on its own. Peer pressure is also very problematic for discerning real hypochondria and a fake one (people surrounded with such a peer pressure usually get direct/indirect comments on how easily scared they are, etc.)...

Our collective detachment from the objective reality of the events and incidents

I recently listened to this podcast in which social psychologist Jonathan Haidt posits that with the integration of advertisements services into the social media (mainly Facebook) after 2011-12, there has been a slippery slope towards producing 'sensational' contents that can detach the audience from the truth of the real things. This phenomenon echoes back and forth and eventually leaves no space for comprehension of the actual state of matters in the social circles. At a magnified level, this creates a mimetic flood of misinformation that ultimately drives mass irrational behaviour- as manifest in not wearing the mask or refraining from maintaining social distancing in the context of COVID-19. Here's the link to the podcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1fnFresTaY&t=3020s

by Subash Chapagain on Aug 31, 2020

Anja M 17 days ago

Hm, very interesting! The flood of ads is bad on so many levels, and I guess it also contributes to the misinformation in the pandemic. The good thing I can think of: since social media won't stop with advertising, they can promote stores selling masks, disinfectants, etc. Also, if they wanted, they could readjust the algorithms to filter posts not only according to quantitative methods (e.g. number of likes, area coverage), but also according to the relevance of the author to the topic. Here I am talking about experts, etc....

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