• Claudia Smajlaj

"Doomsurfing" — It Must End

By Claudia Smajlaj | DCI

Key Points:

  • Doomsurfing is negatively impacting mental health

Ever since people have been on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many evenings end the same way: laying in bed and endlessly scrolling through your social media in a desperate search for clarity. This habit is called “doomsurfing,” or “doomscrolling,” to be more precise.

The New York Times’ Kevin Roose said that this habit results in “falling into deep, morbid rabbit holes filled with coronavirus content, agitating myself to the point of physical discomfort, erasing any hope of a good night’s sleep.” Protests over racial injustice and police brutality as a result of the unjust death of George Floyd has only made things during the Covid-19 crisis more intense. The constant stream of news on social media seems overbearing for many. Right now, people are living in a time with no easy solutions and “facts” seem to be rapidly changing.

We recommend checking your phone enough to stay informed, but not over-indulging as this will only impact you negatively.

Read more at Wired.

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