doomscrolling or doom-scroll·ing [ doom-skroh-ling ]
noun Digital Technology.
1. the practice of obsessively checking online news for updates, especially on social media feeds, with the expectation that the news will be bad, such that the feeling of dread from this negative expectation fuels a compulsion to continue looking for updates in a self-perpetuating cycle.
Origin: First recorded in 2015–20; doomscroll + -ing
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR DOOMSCROLLING
It’s easy to get caught up in a doomscrolling cycle of despair, even as we feel that we should do something.
EVEN IF YOU FEEL LIKE THIS WAS A LOST YEAR, THAT MIGHT NOT BE TRUE|JOANNE LIPMAN|FEBRUARY 16, 2021|TIME
If you need all that power for something other than gaming, you can use your Shadow PC for tasks ranging from music production to image editing to doomscrolling, without worrying about losing your progress when you’re done for the day.
NO PLAYSTATION 5 OR XBOX SERIES X? HERE'S HOW TO GET YOUR NEXT-GEN GAMING FIX AT ANY BUDGET|PATRICK LUCAS AUSTIN|DECEMBER 7, 2020|TIME
Combine that with a high volume of politically-inclined folks and an algorithm that promotes controversy, and you’ve got a recipe for endless doomscrolling.
SOCIAL MEDIA CAN BE TOXIC. HERE’S HOW TO MAKE SURE YOUR FEEDS AREN’T.|WHITSON GORDON|DECEMBER 1, 2020|POPULAR SCIENCE
Now YOU come up with a sentence (or fic? or graphic?) that best illustrates the word.
I think a lot of us are doing this, but not as much as we did in 2020?