Stop Doomscrolling! #AAH
‘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.
No social media platform is perfect. But where there has been increasing spread of misinformation and fear on social media, just like there’s a treasure of vital, lifesaving information, connection with others, and global unity. Magic lies in knowing the balance in consumption of this content.
Here are few suggestions:
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 accidents! 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
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.
Please watch this video for comprehensive safety tips.
Stay Aware, Stay Safe.
Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!
ABOUT ‘AKANCHA AGAINST HARASSMENT’
‘Akancha Against Harassment’ is India’s largest social impact initiative against cyber harassment. It was founded by Miss Akancha Srivastava in February 2017. Its a not-for-profit Section 8 organization.
Honorary Board of advisors
Foundation’s advisory board hosts – Former Special DGP RK Vij (Chattisgarh), ADG Navniet Sekera (Uttar Pradesh), Special IG Krishna Prakash (Maharashtra), Dr Poonam Verma (Principal- SSCBS, Delhi University)
Goals of this initiative
The initiative aims at Education, Empowerment & Bridging of general population with the authorities.
Support of the Indian Police for the initiative
Bridging is the most unique attribute of the initiative. We have a host of over 65+ senior police officers from across the country supporting us in content & awareness drive.
This unique strength helps us address any victim complaints that come to us as well as inform people about various measures of law enforcement across the country.
Multilingual AI Chat helpline for cyber safety
We run India’s only private national multilingual AI chat helpline for cyber safety. This helpline is currently available in Hindi & English on our website. It can be accessed from any internet enabled device. You can chat here anonymously, fearlessly.
Stay Aware, Stay Safe.