Experts have warned that negative news lingers on social media CONSTANTLY, which can impact your mental health.
Major bleak events like the coronavirus pandemic can make it easy for people to read the same bleak stories, especially on Facebook and other platforms.
Experts have dubbed the experience “Doomscrolling.”
It can make people feel overwhelmed and anxious.
Protracted Covid lockdowns are thought to have been particularly bad for doomscrolling, with many locked in at home with more free time than usual.
“All of this suggests that people who focus on and brood over troubling topics and events in the news should be more likely to suffer from chronic stress and anxiety, as well as physical exertion,” researchers say new research.
“As such, we anticipate that those with higher levels of problem news consumption will experience greater mental and physical distress than those with lower levels of problem news consumption.”
But staying informed is still important, so how do you find the right balance?
writing for The conversationResearchers in Australia have found some tips on how people can better avoid being constantly attracted to too much bad news.
Set a time
When you’re struggling with too much doom and gloom online, the first thing to think about is managing your time better.
Setting a specific time of day to catch up, as opposed to multiple times throughout the day, is a good start.
Avoid push notifications
Facebook and other social media can make news even more immediate.
Guarantee notifications because such content is disabled on Facebook, you are prevented from receiving bad news at any time of the day.
Add “friction” to break the habit
With everything at hand online, it’s easy to get mindlessly drawn to the bad stuff.
“One participant moved all of her social media and messaging apps to a folder that she hid on the last page of her smartphone home screen,” they explain.
“She told us that this strategy helped her significantly reduce Doomscrolling.”
talk to others
It can also be helpful to tell others that you are struggling to control your consumption as they can keep your limits in check.
It is useful if they are also responsible for exposing you to too much negative news so that they can become more aware and reduce it in the future.
If you find that you use Facebook too much in general, the app itself has a time limit feature to help you out.
You can find this by opening the main view Menu in the app and expanded Settings and Privacy.
From here you should see an option called Your time on Facebook.
Tap on it, then you can choose See toolswhere a number of time management options are available.
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