Instead, stop scrolling and grab the game controller
If you are anything Like me, at some point in your life your morning routine looks something like this: get up, roll over in bed, consider your existence, think about hitting the snooze button, decide against it, And then thankfully the ritual of checking your social media in the morning to grab your phone.
We have all done this. What starts as checking your phone can turn into a recurring hour (or more) between the same handful of apps – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, SnapChat between Scroll scroll Outside of the Internet, secret AI keeps your eyes on the screen.
Suddenly it’s time to get up and start my day, but instead of starting in a good mood, my head feels like a spinning washing machine of torment and twisting and disturbing information. (Which makes sense; I spent the first hour of my waking hours feeding my brain the brain equivalent of fast food.)
And it’s not just the morning problem – there’s always a second spare second in the day, most of us checking our phones. We do this before going to bed, while eating, during movies, TV shows, car rides, bus rides, waiting in line, even when we are hanging out with other people. Half the time, we don’t even realize we’re doing it.
What used to be used for funny memes and interesting information is now a minefield of content that makes you feel like everyone’s life is better, as well as videos of police brutality, missing children. Tweets, infographics about seas and forests, ruined, unshakable political discourse and articles about how little time we have left to tackle climate change.
Many of us rely on social media to check the state of the world, pushing us at the pace of important and relevant things. Unfortunately, getting caught up in the whirlwind of doom and gloom is a difficult thing to overcome.
Domescrolling changed my long-standing passion for enjoying the articles I read and the videos I watch. As the Internet has evolved and become more intrusive into everyone’s daily lives, much of it has become tainted with toxic propaganda and trauma-related pornography, often in real life with violent hateful comments and toxic Internet fights. Gives rise to
I felt like my mental health was at a critical juncture. The way I connected to the internet was spreading chaos and despair all my life. I was getting more and more sad whenever I looked at my phone. It got to a point where I had to ask myself: Why do I want to start watching videos that make me cry early in the day? Why do I want to wake up and worry about the comments of so-called unknown people on Facebook? And more importantly, Why can’t i stop
The science behind dome scrolling
For something that generally makes us feel like a garbage can, it doesn’t feel like we do it so often. But it turns out that there are some scientific and biological reasons why humans are at risk of domiculing.
Domescrolling, a term popularized by senior reporter Karen Ho Internal, Explains something we all understand internally: intelligently use tweets, videos, Facebook posts, and more to try to stay connected and informed by the media, while in reality We drink from the never-ending fire of news that often makes us feel terrible. This is due to a kind of hyperglycemia. Severe hypervigilance is usually a product of PTSD, but it can happen at any time when you feel like you are in imminent danger. It causes you to always be in a state of fight or flight, and for people who struggle with things like anxiety, panic disorder, or PTSD, it can be even more severe.
Because we (individuals or as a society) seem to be suffering from seemingly endless historical world events, many of us are experiencing symptoms of high virginity. When we constantly see and hear things that make us feel threatened, the media, the government, the climate, the people on the other side of the political aisle – we feel that way. It starts as if we need protection. This in itself can be seen as an obsessive need to constantly check your phone and have a “risk check”.
Another reason to break the habit is that domescrolling is a behavioral addiction. Every two minutes you feel compelled to grab your phone because you become accustomed to physically lifting something, holding it in your hand, and scrolling your fingers. At some point, it becomes a muscle memory.