What is ‘Doomscrolling’ and why is it dangerous?

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Doomscrolling—or doomsurfing—is the excessive consumption of news-related information online. Doomscrollers can find themselves spending hours and hours of their time reading the news online, watching news channels or consuming short-form videos and/or posts on social media.

Over the last few years, there have been numerous tragic and unprecedented global news stories and events that have brought uncertainty and anxiety to many.

Doomscrollers have constant access to difficult and upsetting news stories because they look for them, in an attempt to gain more knowledge and feel more in control.

Although we can scroll for positive news too, thanks to the online algorithms, when we’re scrolling we’re more likely to come across the latter.

Read more at Newsweek.com

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Chuck comes from a lineage of journalism. He has written for some of the webs most popular news sites. He enjoys spending time outdoors, bull riding, and collecting old vinyl records. Roll Tide!