Covid-19, Socialization, and Social Change in Calabar Metropolis of Cross River State, Nigeria

Edinyang Sunday David, Ogbaji Ipuole Dominic, Iwara Helen Benedict
2020 World Journal of Innovative Research  
Pages 76-80 76  Abstract-The impact of covid-19 on different facets of life cannot be overemphasized, especially on socialization. Socialization is a way of life of the people, especially in the way they relate with one another and their engagement in social activities. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of Covid-19 on the socialization of the people of Calabar Metropolis in Cross River State, Nigeria. A simple survey design was used for the study. A total
more » ... the study. A total of 200 respondents were systematically sampled from the study area. Mainly, data were collected from respondents in their residents using a questionnaire designed by the researcher to determine the effect of Covid-19 on the socialization of the metropolitans. The survey had ten items that were used to elicit responses, of which some were open-ended while some were close-ended questions. Data were collected within 18 days. Data collected were sorted, coded, credited, and analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20 software. The hypothesis set was tested using simple regression analysis significant at a 95% Confidence Interval (0.05). The results were presented using descriptive and inferential statistics. The following were the identified effects of Covid-19 on socialization: people relationship 135(67.5%), affecting religious worship life 167(83.5%), buying pattern 110(55.0%), people's exercise and physical activity 134(67.0%), outing patterns 200(100%), health consciousness 89(44.5%), and personal hygiene 98(49.0%). People avoided handshakes 140(70.0%), embrace 102(51.0%), and hospitals for fear of being diagnosed of Covid-19 of contacting it from health workers or patients 65(32.5%) while increased frequent hand washing 70(35.0%), the use of face mask 180(90.0%) and use of hand sanitizers 83(41.5%). The hypothesis stated showed that there is a significant influence of covid-19 on socialization (P < .000). Continuous adherence to precautionary social measures was recommended, among others.
doi:10.31871/wjir.9.1.16 fatcat:qdf55wextnd6lanxboyzenfk7m