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ATM Balance Challenge Can Create Negative Psychological Impact during COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, 10-August-2021 21:00

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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Showing off ATM savings balances that are now trending on social media, also known as the ATM challenge or savings balance challenge, through the challenge of showing off ATM balances, is considered to have a negative psychological impact on the public, especially in the midst of difficult conditions during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

"There are people who can accept this trend with normal reactions, some become burdened, while some get jealous or even depressed," said Universitas Indonesia psychologist A. Kasandra Putranto, when contacted by ANTARA, on Tuesday (08/10/2021).

Kasandra said the ATM challenge phenomenon is going viral on social media due to the actions of some people who are vying for fame and fortune.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only created new habits in society. Pressure due to physical restrictions on social activities, including work from home, is one of the factors for the emergence of new trends in society, especially on social media. One of them that is currently viral is showing off ATM balances on Tik Tok social media platform.

"Basically, nowadays, everyone is vying for fame and fortune. Various efforts are maximized to achieve these goals in this digital era," she said.

According to Kasandra, the risks that people can experience as a result of this trend vary depending on the psychological condition of each person. However, it is clear that this trend can have an effect on society.

She said social media and activities in it have a huge impact on a person's mental health. "Now there is a phenomenon of social media addiction that makes a person's function of life disrupted, so they neglects to do important things in their lives," explained Kasandra, giving an example.

"Everything is instant, you want to get what you want. There are a lot of crimes lurking behind social media, Starting from (physical) violence, sexual violence, fraud, robbery, online gambling, and death threats," she said.

Kasandra added that excessive activity on social media, and not for positive things, can have a psychological negative impact. Many people feel stressed due to too much exposure to social media.

That's the reason why you should limit unnecessary activity on social media. If you feel stressed, Kasandra advises you to immediately consult a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist. "But of course prevention is better than cure."

Kasandra also reminded people involved in showing off their ATM balances to keep paying their income taxes from their income and earnings, as reported by Antara.

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