Envy and Resentment in the Time of Coronavirus

Journal of Hate Studies 17 (1):4-13 (2021)

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Sara Protasi
University of Puget Sound
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I examine the role played by the emotions of envy and resentment in interpersonal online dynamics during the COVID19 pandemic. I start by reviewing what we know about the interplay of social media use, social comparison and well-being, and by applying this knowledge to current circumstances. Then, I introduce some philosophical distinctions that complicate the already complex empirical evidence, differentiating, in particular, between envy and resentment, and between different kinds of envy. I argue that we can use the knowledge of these distinctions to better cope with these painful, but sometimes productive and always informative, emotions.
Keywords envy  resentment  indignation  reactive attitudes  social media  COVID-19
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