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63% of students claim online learning platforms helped them reduce stress while studying from home

63% of students claim online learning platforms helped them reduce stress while studying from home

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Covid-19 pandemic forced the students world over to be confined to their homes as the study models shifted to the online mode. The prolonged isolation from peer groups as well as in person learning experience did result in a number of mental health issues among youngsters across the world. in a bid to gauge the extent of the severity of mental helath problems in India Brainly, the world’s largest online learning platform, surveyed its user base. The survey conducted on World Mental Health Day collected 1,764 responses to gain in-depth insights into how students manage their stress and other mental health concerns.

The findings of the survey point at the fact that a majority (75%) of students have noted mental health changes during the COVID-induced study from home period. According to the findings, 34% of respondents cited low levels of stigma associated with mental health in their surroundings. This indicates rising awareness among parents, teachers, and students around the importance of addressing mental health concerns. 

At the same time school performance and preparation emerged as one of the key contributors to students’ stress and anxiety.  71% of students reported that this near-immediate transition and the following months have impacted their mental health. While 30% of the students mentioned that school performance and preparation have contributed to their anxiety, another 63% noted that high internet usage and screen time caused physical/mental stress. 56% of the respondents have further reported that mental health concerns have affected their physical health through weight gain or loss.

Meanwhile, respite did come from online learning platforms that positively impacted student’s mental health by allowing them to supplement their school lessons with further clarity on concepts and help with homework. A significant (63%) have mentioned that online learning platforms have helped reduce stress during their study from home.

Speaking on the survey results, Rajesh Bysani, Chief Product Officer at Brainly, said, “Mental health in students has been thrown into sharper relief after the COVID-19 outbreak. As students spend their time at home, abruptly devoid of the company of friends and teachers, it is bound to evince feelings of alienation, social isolation, and lagging in terms of education. Fortunately, online platforms, be it for learning or connecting with peers/teachers, have been helpful to engage and motivate students during this period. More and more students are using online tools to cope with and thrive in the new normal, and this is likely to continue even as physical schools reopen.” TNS

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