63% Students Claim Online Learning Platforms Helped Reduce Stress: Survey

Brainly survey reveals students’ sentiments with regards to the study from home model and the resulting impact on their mental health.

Brainly, an online learning platform, surveyed its Indian user base to determine the impact of the paradigm shift to study from home on the student’s mental health. 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. 

A majority (75 per cent) of students have noted mental health changes during the COVID-induced study from home period

According to the findings, 34 per cent 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. This awareness is a positive development as 75 per cent of students have noted a change in their mental health during this period 

School performance and preparation emerged as one of the key contributors to students’ stress and anxiety 

As the viral outbreak caused an overnight shift to online schooling, students had no choice but to adapt. However, 71 per cent of students reported that this near-immediate transition and the following months have impacted their mental health. While 30 per cent of the students mentioned that school performance and preparation have contributed to their anxiety, another 63 per cent noted that high internet usage and screen time caused physical/mental stress. 56 per cent of the respondents have further reported that mental health concerns have affected their physical health through weight gain or loss. 

1 in 2 students find solace in speaking to their friends and family 

While the profound impact of COVID-19 on students cannot be denied, they have, fortunately, found multiple ways to cope with their ongoing mental health issues. While 35 per cent of students seek therapy, over 50 per cent feel comfortable speaking to their friends and family about mental health concerns. Numerous students are also using outlets like art and music (45 per cent), social media (38 per cent), and physical activity (32 per cent) to deal with stress. 40 per cent of the respondents have mentioned that social media platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat have also been good for their mental health. 

Online  learning platforms reduce mental health issues in students 

Online learning platforms such as Brainly have 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 per cent) have mentioned that online learning platforms have helped reduce stress during their study from home. 

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