Can bad news give you a hangover? Fasten your seatbelts because the doom isn’t going anywhere.
“Doom and gloom” is an expression first coined in the 1947 Broadway musical Finian’s Rainbow.
It has been a part of our vernacular for nearly one hundred years, but never so consistently as it is today, as we are privy to almost unlimited access to horrific news.
Doomscrolling – the addictive trait of engaging too long and too often with bad or unsettling news – has been a regular part of life for some since the onset of the pandemic two years ago.
It's such a popular term, the Oxford English Dictionary named it a 2020 word of the year.
While some admit it’s a bad habit, and seek balance, its effects can be debilitating for many others.
Doomscrolling promotes stress, anxiety, and depression. And it’s not going anywhere, anytime soon.
For many, avoiding the technology to escape Doomscrolling would be like giving up oxygen to survive. The challenge is to find another way to interact with media without getting bogged down by the negative.