First News: Funny memes that help people cope with stress

Monday, 18th October 2021, 3:20 pm
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MEME MEDICINE SOOTHES STRESS

FUNNY memes may help people cope with the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, says a new study.

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Researchers from Pennsylvania State University surveyed 748 people online in December 2020 to see whether viewing memes would affect their emotions, anxiety and ability to cope with COVID-19.

The team picked memes from different websites and asked the participants to review and rate how funny and cute each meme was. Some had no relation to COVID-19, while others were based on the virus.

The researchers found that people who viewed memes compared with other types of media had higher levels of humour and more positive emotions, as well as lower levels of stress about the pandemic.

The lead author of the study, Professor Jessica Gall Myrick, said: “We found that viewing just three memes can help people cope with the stress of living during a global pandemic.”

Myrick added that the findings suggest social media content about stressful public events can help people deal with the news without being overwhelmed by it.

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SCARES AT SCAREFEST

Maddie has scares at Scarefest at Alton Towers

By Maddie

I WENT to the launch of Alton Towers’ Scarefest 2021 and tried out the brand-new Trick O’ Treat Maze!

It was my first time at Alton Towers and I was SO excited, as I love roller coasters! First of all we got to try the new Trick O’ Treat Town, which was so much fun. You get a bag and you walk through a spooky town that has lots of doors in it. When you knock on the door, funny characters pop out and give you sweets or trick you. One of them shot us with a water pistol, which was funny! We got so many sweets!

After that we went on all the rides we could. Me and my sister both loved the Gangsta Granny ride and Raj’s Bouncy Bottom Burp; it made us laugh so much. Because of Scarefest the theme park stayed open late and we got to do some rides in the dark, which was amazing. You can find out more about the Halloween events at www.altontowers.com.

DIARY DATES

WORLD FIREWORKS CHAMPIONSHIP

OCTOBER 23

World Fireworks Championship on October 23

The crème de la crème of the world’s fireworks experts gather in Blackpool to discover who will win this year’s top prize. A big fireworks display will take place to celebrate.

UNITED NATIONS DAY

OCTOBER 24

United Nations Day marks the founding of the United Nations (UN) in 1945. The organisation was set up to help promote international peace, security and human rights across the world. It is made up of 193 member states.

NATIONAL BLACK CAT DAY

OCTOBER 27

The charity Cats Protection aims to celebrate the beauty of black cats and raise awareness of their need for homes.

QUICK NEWS

A total of 449,000 people in the UK bought Christmas puddings in September (photo: Getty Images)

Surprisingly, 449,000 people in the UK bought Christmas puddings in September! That’s up 76% compared to the same month last year, market research company Kantar says.

Members of the public asked to help spot walruses (photo: Paul Nickelen, National Geographic)

WWF and British Antarctic Survey are asking members of the public to help spot walruses in satellite pictures taken from space. The project hopes to find out how the animals are being impacted by climate change.

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