Doomscrolling

Concerned smartphone user

There is a piece on wsj.com about “Doomscrolling” that caught my attention. Nicole Nguyen writes, “Also known as ‘doomsurfing,’ this means spending inordinate amounts of time on devices poring over grim news—and I can’t seem to stop. My timeline used to be a healthy mix of TikTok memes and breaking-news alerts. Now the entire conversation is focused on two topics: the pandemic and the protests.”

I think she’s speaking for so many of us, and I’m including myself in the legions of doomscrollers, as it is now defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

There have been some good scientific studies about social media addiction and its impact, but as UC Berkeley sociology professor Coye Cheshire says, “It leaves people feeling psychologically like they can never catch up on all the information.”

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is a business advisor and technology consultant. He helps Fortune 500 companies with digital transformation, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn's Top Voice in Technology, he is the co-host of "Think About This with Shelly Palmer & Ross Martin." He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC, and writes a popular daily business blog. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com

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