Have you heard of the word ‘doomscrolling’? If you haven’t, you must read this article not only to know this internet slang but also to help in time management in this unprecedented and challenging era.
And even if your answer to the above question is yes, you must read this article so that it reminds to again of this time-killing and self-hampering habit.
Many of us, when finding a shocking newsfeed our cell phones or computer screens, we tend to surf or scroll through that bad news again and again. We do it continuously while consciously or subconsciously depressing or saddening ourselves. That’s droomscrolling.
The causes of doomscrolling are plenty. People doomscroll through the news about racial attacks, murder cases, exploitations, videos on severe domestic violence, accidents, layoffs or even the growing unemployment rates.
Unfortunately, sometimes we doomscroll through fake viral photos, videos, or news spread because of vested political agendas as well.
We, as humans are hardwired to see the negative and be drawn to the negative because it can harm physically.
How does doomscrolling affect?
Different studies on public health suggest that increased screen time increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and eyesight problems. So one may imagine the consequences of the doomscrolling as well.
Doomscrolling can really challenge the way we look at the world.
The overall impact of doomscrolling has on people may vary on case to case basis. It may make you feel anxious, depressed, and isolated. On top of that, it kills time.
How to avoid doomscrolling?
Stopping yourself from doomscrolling is easy, but you need to be conscious of your screen habits.
First of all, it’s important to recognise that you are doing it at all or not.
If you become conscious of your screen habits and behaviours, you can easily realise when you fall prey to doomscrolling. From there, take a pause and observe yourself. Try to ask yourself how you feel after you doomscroll.
Then train yourself to see the positive of things. It’s not easy and won’t come naturally.
Do recall at least three positive things happened in the day.
One of the best approaches to do it is to put conscious efforts to minimise the social media screen time.
Say instead of 30 minutes a day, you fix 15 minutes a day for social media. And do make it a regular habit.
The Ultimate Fact
This is no denying that the world is going through lots of difficulties these days. However, doomscrolling on regular basis is neither going to help you not will it solve the problems happening around the world.
Be conscious of your external environment, know what’s happening around the world, act wisely. Do your karma as a human being for self and for others. Take care of the environment as well.