An addictive and frustrating 21st-century habit, defined by Merriam-Webster as the “tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing.”
Is doomscrolling common?
Anecdotal evidence suggests that nearly 84% of Americans spend 96% of their days cycling through social media and news sites, ravenously hungry for stories that will make them feel really bad.
How do I know if I'm a doomscroller?
If you have to ask, you probably are.
Is there a cure for doomscrolling?
A so-called “digital detox” can always help you disconnect from the news cycle, recharge, and develop a healthier relationship with your phone. Certain apps and add-ons can also add a dose of whimsy to your day, such as Make America Kittens Again, which swaps all news images of the 45th president with pictures of adorable felines.
Reading #FF0083 has also been found, in non-peer-reviewed clinical trials, to replace feelings of “doom” with sensations of “delight, uplift, and inspiration.”
Wouldn't "Doomscroll" be a pretty great name for a band?
We agree. We started Googling whether there’s already a band with this name, but unfortunately we got distracted by a mile-long twitter thread from a QAnon supporter who thinks COVID-19 was invented by the Canadian dairy industry.
If your band is currently nameless, we might also suggest turning to the insurance industry, which is ripe with awesome terms that would make great band names.