Panic buying: An insight from the content analysis of media reports during COVID-19 pandemic

Arafat, S. M. Yasir, Kar, Sujita K., Menon, Vikas, Kaliamoorthy, Charanya, Mukherjee, Srijeeta, Alradie-Mohamed, Angi, Sharma, Pawan, Marthoenis, Marthoenis and Kabir, Russell (2020) Panic buying: An insight from the content analysis of media reports during COVID-19 pandemic. Neurology, Psychiatry and Brain Research, 37. pp. 100-103. ISSN 2212-8581

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Background: Panic buying is an emerging phenomenon observed during, but not restricted to, pandemic. Aim: We aimed to evaluate the nature, extent, and impact of panic buying as reported in the media. Methods: This study was conducted by collecting the information from the English media reports published till 22nd May 2020. A structured format was developed to collect data. Searching was done by using the keyword “panic buying”. We have excluded the social media posts discussing the panic buying. Results: The majority of media reporting was from the USA (40.7 %), and about 46 % of reports highlighted the scarce item. Approximately 82 % of the reports presented the causes of panic buying whereas almost 80 % report covered the impact of it. About 25.7 % of reports highlighted the rumor about panic buying and only 9.3 % of reports blamed the government. Only 27.1 % reports described the remedial measures, 30.8 % reports conferred the news on the psychology behind panic buying and 67.3 % news displayed the images of empty shelves. Conclusion: A high proportion of reports on panic buying have been found from the developed countries discussing the causes & impact of panic buying on the basis of expert opinion.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Panic buying, COVID-19, Pandemic, News report, Content analysis
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
COVID-19 Research Collection
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2020 10:30
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:52

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