Learn to smile in your mask!

With faces covered to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, some of the facial cues that people rely on to connect with others—such as a smile that shows support—are also obscured.

This will be particularly true for North Americans, says Jeanne Tsai, a professor of psychology at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Culture and Emotion Lab, who value high energy emotions—such as excitement or enthusiasm, which are associated with big, open smiles—more than East Asians do…

…Research has shown that North Americans judge people with bigger smiles to be friendlier and more trustworthy than East Asians, so face coverings may make it harder for them to connect with strangers…

As people navigate a masked world, they’ll need to focus more on the eyes and voice to connect with those around them, a psychologist argues.

8 thoughts on “Learn to smile in your mask!

  1. Sardonicus says:

    President Donald Trump has finally started to encourage people to wear masks, even while not wearing one himself. Meanwhile, his son Donald Trump Jr. is actively spreading doubt about the effectiveness of masks against the coronavirus. https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/02/politics/donald-trump-jr-masks-meme-facebook-fact-check/index.html
    Chief executives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Retail Federation, the National Association of Manufacturers and others teamed up to call for a national standard for states on requiring mask wearing on Thursday. https://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/business-a-lobbying/505678-chamber-of-commerce-trade-groups-call-for-national
    The group, which also included the Business Roundtable CEO and the American Council of Life Insurers CEO, wrote a letter to President Trump and Vice President Pence, as well as Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to request that the White House coronavirus task force and the National Governors Association (NGA) work together. Hogan is the chairperson of the NGA and Cuomo is the vice chairperson.
    “A User’s Guide To Masks: What’s Best At Protecting Others (And Yourself)” https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/07/01/880621610/a-users-guide-to-masks-what-s-best-at-protecting-others-and-yourself

    • Schadenfreude says:

      Kimberly Guilfoyle — the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and a top fundraiser for the Trump campaign — has tested positive for coronavirus, according to a top official for the committee she leads.
      “After testing positive, Kimberly was immediately isolated to limit any exposure,” said Sergio Gor, chief of staff for the Trump Victory Finance Committee. “She’s doing well, and will be retested to ensure the diagnosis is correct since she’s asymptomatic but as a precaution will cancel all upcoming events. Donald Trump Jr was tested negative, but as a precaution is also self isolating and is canceling all public events.”
      Guilfoyle tested positive in South Dakota before she was set to attend the President’s event at Mount Rushmore, a person familiar with the matter and a campaign source familiar with the matter said.
      Guilfoyle was not with the President and Donald Trump Jr. has so far tested negative, the person familiar with the matter said. That source said Guilfoyle had not had recent contact with the President, but she was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was backstage for his rally there and, was also at his event in Phoenix. “Kimberly Guilfoyle — Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend and top Trump campaign official — tests positive for coronavirus” https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/03/politics/kimberly-guilfoyle-positive-coronavirus-test/index.html
      Guilfoyle’s positive test was first reported by The New York Times. [ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/03/us/politics/kimberly-guilfoyle-trump-campaign-coronavirus.html ]
      A former Fox News personality, Guilfoyle assumed the role earlier this year of national chairwoman of the Trump Victory Finance Committee, where she is credited with expanding its ranks of fundraisers.
      Guilfoyle and Trump Jr. had been in the upper Plains region hosting high-dollar fundraisers for several days, people familiar with the matter said.
      Guilfoyle has “been with a lot of the campaign donors” in recent days, one source familiar with the matter said.

  2. p/s says:

    Friday the 13th’s infamous villain Jason Voorhees steps up to encourage people to wear protective face masks in a new coronavirus PSA

    [video src="https://videos.dailymail.co.uk/video/mol/2020/07/02/3384337675790862946/640x360_MP4_3384337675790862946.mp4" /]

  3. Unhinged says:

    “An Arizona woman says she was sent by President Trump and a conspiracy theory group to take Target to task for selling face masks … and to flaunt her alleged high-priced watch.
    The Internet has dubbed this gal here “QAnon Karen” after she filmed herself going into a Scottsdale-area Target and knocking down all the face masks on display in one of their aisles. https://www.tmz.com/2020/07/05/arizona-scottsdale-woman-destroys-target-face-mask-40k-rolex/ (two videos) When police officers came to her house and she was arrested on IG Live she claimed she is a spokesperson for QAnon & the White House and wanted the police to “call Donald Trump and ask him” because she can’t share any “classified information.”
    “The internet dubbing Target’s ‘Qanon Karen’ leaves many Twitter users worried – who is she?” https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2020/07/06/qanon-karen-target/ (also includes videos)

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