The pandemic has changed our behaviour patterns from the way we shop, pay, work, meet, and how we watch videos, an activity that has skyrocketed in lockdown. People have depended on technology to stay connected, including catching up on news and using social media.Early in the pandemic the World Health Organisation suggested that people “find opportunities to amplify positive and hopeful stories” as a way to protect their mental health.It was no surprise, then, that by January 2021 there were more than 25-million South Africans actively using social media, an increase of 14% between 2020 and 2021. This is according to We Are Social and Hootsuite’s Digital 2021: SA report.

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