How to talk to family and friends who believe COVID-19 conspiracy theories

COVID-19 conspiracy

Do people really care for COVID-19 conspiracy theories? Yes, indeed!

June Pew Research Center survey
Source: PEW Research Center
Source: CEVIPOF

What makes people believe in conspiracies?

  • · People’s need to know, access knowledge, and be assured of it is expressed in epistemic motifs. They seek an answer and want to know the truth, but they still want to be certain of it. The degree of education is another factor that can be used in epistemic motives because less educated people don’t have access to tools that can tell the difference between reliable and unreliable sources.
  • People’s need to feel safe and comfortable in their world is reflected in existential motifs. People want to be in control of what has happened to them. They don’t want to lose control by being powerless. Given these circumstances, people’s turn to COVID-19 conspiracy theories at least gives them an explanation for why they can’t control what’s going on.
  • Another popular reason is that everyone follows the herd except themselves. You can feel superior if you believe that others are unaware of what is going on and that you know the facts. This condition can also happen at the group scale. Such views strengthen the notion that the group to which you belong is on the right track.

Top COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories

5G technology as a spreader

The Big Gates Plot

COVID-19 Was Developed In A Laboratory

COVID-19 As A Biological Weapon

Nearly three-in-ten Americans believe COVID-19 was made in a lab

COVID-19 Was Brought into China by The US Military

GMOs Are to Accuse In Some Way

How to Overcome COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories?

How Can I Talk to My Family Believing in COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories?

COVID-19 conspiracy theories can be exhausting, anxious, or even nerve-wracking to keep up this conversation with family and friends
COVID-19 conspiracy theories can be exhausting, anxious, or even nerve-wracking to keep up this conversation with family and friends

Maintain your composure

Don’t be arrogant

Debunk their theories with their sources

Try to encourage critical thinking

Wrapping Up

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