With social distancing protocols in place amid the Covid-19 pandemic, and hours of isolation taking a toll on our sanity, screens have been a saving grace for many.

Amid the crisis, views on Instagram Live doubled in one week, Facebook reported a 70% increase in Messenger group video calls and WhatsApp has seen a 40% increase in usage.

“Reaching for our phones is a common coping mechanism for the unknown,” says Doreen Dodgen-Magee, an psychologist based in the US state of Oregon and the author of Deviced!: Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World. “We stay connected to our screens and the news that they provide, hoping that it will help us feel less anxious.”

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