Is doomscrolling your habit in COVID-19?
COVID-19 pandemic has made us learn many things in a very short span of time including some positive and some negative things. These days if you ask people if they are guilty of doomscrolling, most of them will answer in affirmative. It has become a habit to check for the data of the increasing number of cases and impacts of these cases on human life. This habit of searching for negative thoughts and checking the data analysis, again and again, is a form of doomscrolling.
What is Doomscrolling?
Doomscrolling, also termed as Doomsurfing, is a tendency to continue to scroll or surf on the internet for the bad or negative news. This news might be saddening, depressing or disheartening. People are well aware that they are going through the negative news and searching for the latest data about pandemic now and then which brings bad thoughts but they are helpless to stop it. Doomsurfing has already become a habit for many people. If you are also one of them who keep scrolling and keep reading one article after another article about the impact of Covid, you will surely relate yourself to the information shared here.
Cause of Doomscrolling or doomsurfing
Since lockdown has been enforced during the pandemic, we have got enough time to spend on social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and many others. When we start scrolling down the page on any of the social media platforms, we find numerous information and news about pandemic some true and some fake news also. This scrolling on our mobile or computer sometimes keeps going for hours (credit goes to the unlimited data plans offered by the telecom operators), and leaves a deep impact in our mind.
The adverse impact of doomscrolling on human health
Previously we have read in many pieces of research and articles that excessive use of social media platforms leads to loneliness and depression. The obsessive searching for news and information especially negative ones might lead to severe health issues, specifically, issues related to mental health. This might increase mental stress which is one of the most common reasons for several physical health problems. Staying updated about the surroundings and news is good but when some people start thinking that staying updated of data about pandemic on every minute will keep them safe and secure, this is the alarming situation.
How to stop doomscrolling?
If you are guilty of doomsurfing, be with us and try to follow the points that are being discussed here. Though it’s a little tough to quit the habit of doomsurfing, with strong will power, one can easily cope with it. Setting up boundaries for yourself will definitely aid you in the fight with dark thoughts, anxiety and stress. In the direction to quit this alarming habit of doomsurfing, you must:
- Limit your time of socializing on social media platforms.
- Also, limit your screen time; you can do it by using a timer or some apps that restrict your time for a particular app.
- Fix the time once a day for going through the news and social media.
- Limit the sources you read and the news & social media platforms you use.
- Live your hobby like dancing, painting etc.
- Go for a walk when you feel that you are slipping into doomscrolling.