- A study reveals that users who spend more time reading and consuming content only passively without starting conversations are more likely to develop stress than proactive people when consuming content.
- Anxiety disorders affect approximately 15-20% of the population at some point in their lives. They are twice as common in women as in men.
Upon awakening, some opt for a coffee, a yoga session or a few minutes of meditation, but others – infinitely more numerous – have gotten into the habit of keeping up to date with the latest news on social networks as soon as they get out of bed.
A very annoying mania called doomscrolling (from the English “doom”, fatal destiny, and “scrolling”, to scroll), which has harmful consequences on mental well-being.
And for good reason, the news is by definition anxiety-provoking – as the saying goes, we don’t talk about trains that arrive on time… “When news topics are particularly negative or evoke strong emotions, it can be especially tempting to stay up to date with what’s going on”explains Fatmata Kamara, a nurse consultant specializing in mental health, at Cosmopolitan UK.
Problem, “When you hear or read negative news, your body treats it as a threat and goes into ‘fight or flight’ mode. […] This means your body is flooded with cortisol, the stress hormone, preparing you to fight the perceived threat (the news), making you more likely to experience mood swings.”according to the specialist.
“The impact of ‘doomscrolling’ can vary from person to person, but in general it can make you even more anxious, depressed and isolated”specifies Ken Yeager, psychiatrist at the Wexner Medical Center of the State University of Ohio (United States), to the American media Health.
Active or passive ?
It may also be the way of consuming the news that can promote unhappiness, according to researchers. A study from the University of Copenhagen published in 2016 notably showed that users who spend more time reading and consuming content only passively without starting conversations are more likely to develop stress than people who are proactive when consuming of content.
Here are some weaning tips to stop “doomscrolling”: deactivate notifications, force yourself to limit the time spent on the screen, train yourself to see the positive side of things, subscribe to media that relay – also – positive news, or, quite simply, do not look at your phone in the morning…
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Doomscrolling: an annoying habit that makes us anxious in the morning
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