DOOMSCROLLING WAR NEWS? #AAH
Last few days we have seen some devastating visuals from Israel of children, women, dead bodies, buildings being blown off and these visuals have had deep impact on many people. On me as well. It gives rise to anxiety, loss of attention & sleep, loss of appetite & more. There is a lot of disinformation too videos taken from other locations attributed to this war, people fighting with one another displaying their lack of knowledge but just looking for engagement.
Then why are we compulsively scrolling for such news, we know its bad for our mental health but we just cant stop cos we are Doomscrolling.
‘Doomscrolling’ is when a person scrolls through bad news on their phone, even though that news is saddening or disheartening to see. It’s the act of spending an excessive amount of screen time devoted to the absorption of negative news.
Increased consumption of predominantly negative news may result in harmful psychophysiological responses in some cases.
Here are few suggestions:
See, its not okay to close our eyes to whats happening in the world. We should be aware, in the know, definitely have your standpoint but anything in excess is not right.
You don’t need to be hooked 24×7!
Give it a break, its ok if you don’t know minute by minute gory details of war! You can look at news every few hours, use key words and search.
If you have to mute a few words, please do it. you should have no guilt in preserving personal sanity
Many handles or accounts only spread hatred, violence, please mute them, follow handles which report without panicking you!
Follow some topics other – Health, fitness, art, music, history- YOU CAN REVERSE DOOMSCROLLING
Block time for social media, use mindful apps to monitor your time on them like digital wellness, dedicate some time for fitness workout.
Take time off tech and go for a walk, read a book, talk to a friend.
Especially be careful what & how much are elderly & children also consuming at home.
Auto suggestion puts us in loop of similar news- noticed how YouTube begins to show same kind of content or Instagram reels algorithms study your habits and keep suggesting same topic? Therefore if you are addicted to negative content, you will get served more of the same.
Don’t feel guilty taking a break, preserve your sanity. Mental health should be first priority.
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