Tweeting to Return to “Normalcy” During COVID-19: Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviors
Covid-19 has taken hundreds of thousands of people’s lives. It is a real virus, but so many people do not believe in its severity. This could be happening for many reasons, but in this research study, we use cognitive dissonance as the foundation. The research begins with twitter analytics to identify themes emerging within the discourse about the government lockdown and health/safety precautions. The themes that come from Twitter guide the questions asked in a survey to understand better attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors related to COVID-19. It will also look at the correlation of where those beliefs come from, and why there is dissonance. This proposed study hopes to understand how people rationalize their beliefs and behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic.