Beware the COVIDiots: People are restricting their social media posts to avoid "pandemic shaming"

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(NEW YORK) — Add social media usage to the list of things that have changed following the COVID-19 pandemic: according to a new poll, people aren’t posting as they used to to avoid “pandemic shaming.” 

The survey of 2,000 people commissioned by Evite shows that more than half of those say they’re not posting to social media pictures of themselves and their friends at gatherings they’ve attended amid certain social distancing restrictions.

Fifty-four percent of those polled admit to being “secret socializers,” that is, blacking out their social activities that they normally would Tweet, Facebook, and Instagram about.

Similarly, these sneaky socializers admit they won’t take a selfie without wearing a mask first. 

One attorney weighed in to KTLA-TV, explaining such self-censorship is logical, because showing off breaching COVID-19 protocols could damage one’s reputation.

The term Covidiot ended up on the Urban Dictionary on March 16; it is described as “Someone who ignores the warnings regarding public health or safety.” The term has become ubiquitous online, particularly on Twitter, where it’s often deployed to shame people gathering in large crowds, or those who flip out in stores or on planes for having to wear a mask.

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