“Doomscrolling and doomsurfing are new terms referring to the tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing.”— EndocrineWeb
While most so-called doomscrolling takes place on social media, it seems that these days the simple act of following even legitimate news outlets amounts to doomscrolling.
Consider: Shootings, murders, fires, floods, robberies, burglaries, accidents, landslides, avalanches, auto accidents, rapes, assaults, epidemics, car-jackings, blizzards, hit-and-runs, carbon monoxide poisonings, explosions, wars, sexism, racism, tribalism, xenophobia, and just about every story coming out of Washington. I’m sure I’ve missed a lot of categories, but you get the idea.
“If it bleeds, it leads.”— Widely attributed to Eric Pooley
Originally this described yellow or sensationalist journalism. These days, regrettably, it seems to describe virtually all news outlets. I’m no longer sure if this is the fault of the media or a really sad commentary on today’s society. Either way, I feel that in my ongoing attempt to be an informed citizen, I have, unavoidably, become a doomscroller.