by Colleen M. Story
Is “doomscrolling” hurting your writing creativity?
If you haven’t heard of the term, it describes the act of consuming a lot of negative information at once, typically online.
It’s become more popular over the past year, but it could ruin your writing sessions. Here’s how and what you can do to protect yourself.
What is Doomscrolling?
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, doomscrolling gained steam as people began scrolling their news and social media feeds for information on how to protect themselves. Things got worse during the George Floyd protests and later, during the 2020 election, as we all compulsively scoured the Internet in search of ever more terrible information.
Strangely enough, we feel productive while doing it. We’re gaining information about current events and informing ourselves about issues we have a reason to be concerned about.
The problem is that we often keep going even after we’ve gathered the basic information we need. Like witnesses to a train wreck, we simply can’t pull our attention from the constant stream of disasters.
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