Snack for the Soul podcast, Episode 8: How masks affect social anxiety from covering emotions to hiding flaws

  • Sheryl Law, a Primary Six pupil at Holy Angels Canossian School, delves into research about how face coverings during the pandemic have changed how we socialise
  • With new episodes every Friday, this podcast features Hong Kong student hosts who tackle a new theme each month
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This week, a Hong Kong student discusses research she has found about how face masks during the pandemic have changed how we socialise. Photo: SCMP

For the last instalment in the mental well-being edition of Snack for the Soul, Sheryl Law talks about the connection between face masks and social anxiety.

Masks have become an indispensable part of daily life because of the coronavirus pandemic. These face coverings make it difficult for people to communicate, and Sheryl noticed how this has affected her younger brother.

“At the beginning of the pandemic, my four-year-old brother constantly told us how he felt uncomfortable with his mask. He wanted to look at his buddy’s face without his mask. He also said he wants to be a scientist when he grows up and research diseases so that no one has to be annoyed by a mask in the future,” said the Primary Six student from Holy Angels Canossian School.

Tune into the episode to hear more of what Sheryl has learned about the potential impact of mask mandates on Hong Kong’s young children.

With Snack for the Soul, available on all of your favourite podcast platforms, we encourage you to give your eyes a break from the screens and tune in to hear the stories, reflections and opinions of our student hosts.

If you are a secondary school student based in Hong Kong and would like to be a host for our podcast, please fill out the application form here.

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