The impact of Doomscrolling on mental health

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In recent years, there has been a growing trend of people spending hours scrolling through social media and news websites. This activity, known as doomscrolling, can have a negative impact on mental health. 

According to a recent health communication study, over 27% of those surveyed were identified as moderately problematic, while 16.5% were identified as severely problematic and highly dependent on news consumption.

One of the main problems with doomscrolling is that it leads to people feeling overwhelmed and anxious. When people are constantly exposed to negative news stories and images, it can cause them to feel like the world is a dark and scary place. This can lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.

Another problem with doomscrolling is that it can make people feel isolated and lonely. If you find that you are spending more and more time doomscrolling, it is important to take a step back and assess how it is impacting your mental health.

Three tips that will help reduced doomscrolling:

  1. Choose how manage your time, it may be time to monitor your screen time and cut back on your social media use. 
  2. Its all about balance. Diversify your social media news feed with sources of positive and uplifting information.
  3. Find another activity to replace doomscrolling. Connect with friends and family, get outside in nature, or find hobby you enjoy.

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It’s important to take care of our mental and physical health, doomscrolling can have a serious impact on our mental health, causing anxiety, depression, and stress. If you find yourself doomscrolling, try taking a break to do something that makes you feel good.

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