Last modified: 2022-05-29
Society 5.0 post-pandemic has an essential need in accordance with its existentialism as a human being, namely, to feel connected to each other. A valuable lesson from the COVID-19 pandemic shows that limiting interactions with other people doesn't stop people from staying connected. They use social media as a tool to connect themselves with others personally and widely. This study consists of two studies that aim to provide empirical evidence that the use of social media plays a role in predicting the psychological function of nostalgia (study 1), and the function of nostalgia plays a role in predicting social connectedness (study 2). The results showed that social media had a significant role in predicting the nostalgia function, and the nostalgia function was shown to play a significant role in predicting social connectedness. The findings of this study suggest that using social media as a form of social media memory can trigger nostalgic memories, allowing people to experience nostalgia and social connectedness in the current day.