uncancelled’s Miranda Levy looks at ‘doomscrolling’ for today’s Telegraph…
Almost twelve weeks have passed since July 4th, the Super Saturday unlocking of pubs, restaurants and hairdressers. But now, it seems, the brief window of optimism may be closed again and a gloomy uncertainty reigns.
At least in the depths of lockdown, the advice was clear. We understood our instructions. These days, it all feels confusing and contradictory. Dare we book a holiday? Will our kids remain in school? Has the “second wave” engulfed us yet, or is it still swelling on the horizon?
Much of this is down to apocalyptic information spread by social media, and an internet full of contradictory advice. There’s even a new word for our addictive consumption of the above: “Doomscrolling” (defined in the Urban Dictionary as “when you keep scrolling through your social media feeds, looking for the most recent upsetting news about the latest catastrophe. The amount of time spent doing this is directly proportional to how much worse you’re going to feel after you’re done.”)
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