Why are we obsessed with doomscrolling?

Why is the nation drawn to bad news? The effect of 'doomscrolling' is equal to suffering blunt force trauma to the head, says Miranda Levy.

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.”)

You can read the rest of Miranda’s article in today’s Telegraph. Click here to read more. If you are not already a subscriber, readers receive two free features a week by simply adding their email address.

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Miranda Levy

Miranda Levy is a journalist and author of more than 25 years’ experience. Starting out on magazines including Cosmopolitan and New Woman (RIP), Miranda then hacked it at the Daily Mail and Sunday Mirror before heading back to glossies and the launches of GLAMOUR and Grazia. She had two babies, wrote the Rough Guide to Babies in 2006, and became editor of Mother & Baby, where she was twice nominated for a British Society of Magazine Editors award. Now a freelance writer, Miranda covers many topics - but particularly health – mainly for the Daily Telegraph. She has written for many titles including the Spectator, the Jewish Chronicle and the New York Post. Miranda’s new book is out on June 3rd 2021.

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