Strategic media use (even cat videos!) during Covid-19 and every day

Author: Jessica Gall Myrick, PhD

Article Topics: media, social media, media consumption, internet, cat videos, stress, mood, relationships, memes How thoughtful media use can help us cope with stress and connect with others My goal with this blog post is to convince you that media are important and potentially beneficial parts of our lives, by talking about cats. Cat videos, to be specific. I am allergic to real cats. I think felines are fine, but I cannot spend too much time around them. However, that did not stop me from seeing them pop up in my social media feed all the time. Internet cats were everywhere. As someone who studies media use and the psychological effects of media use, I was intrigued as to why this was (and, okay, as…