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Doomscrolling

"Doomscrolling" is a term used to describe the act of excessively scrolling through negative or distressing news or social media content. 

What is doomscrolling?

Doomscrolling refers to the tendency to compulsively consume and share information, even if it is emotionally draining or detrimental to mental health

Doomscrolling can be particularly prevalent during times of crisis or uncertainty, such as during a global pandemic or a political upheaval. The constant influx of news and information can be overwhelming, leading to feelings of anxiety, stress, and helplessness.

While it is important to stay informed about important issues and events, doomscrolling can be harmful to mental health and well-being. It is recommended to limit the amount of time spent consuming negative content and to take breaks from social media and news sources to focus on self-care and mental health.

Where did the term doomscrolling come from?

The term "doomscrolling" gained popularity in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, as people spent more time online and consumed large amounts of news and information related to the pandemic, often leading to negative emotional states.

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