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Doomscrolling Is Slowly Eroding Your Mental Health | WIRED

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Checking your phone for an extra two hours every night won’t stop the apocalypse—but it could stop you from being psychologically prepared for it.

It’s 11:37 pm and the pattern shows no signs of shifting. At 1:12 am, it’s more of the same. Thumb down, thumb up. Twitter, Instagram, and—if you’re feeling particularly wrought/masochistic—Facebook. Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic left a great many people locked down in their homes in early March, the evening ritual has been codifying: Each night ends the way the day began, with an endless scroll through social media in a desperate search for clarity.

To those who have become purveyors of the perverse exercise, like The New York Times’ Kevin Roose, this habit has become known as doomsurfing, or “falling into deep, morbid rabbit holes filled with coronavirus content, agitating myself to the point of physical discomfort, erasing any hope of a good night’s sleep.” For those who prefer their despair be portable, the term is doomscrolling, and as protests over racial injustice and police brutality following the death of George Floyd have joined the Covid-19 crisis in the news cycle, it’s only gotten more intense. The constant stream of news and social media never ends.

Source: Doomscrolling Is Slowly Eroding Your Mental Health | WIRED

How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media – The New York Times

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How Social Media Endangers Knowledge | WIRED

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Alan Schein/Getty Images

Social networks train us to focus on images and emotions, sapping the quest for knowledge.

Social networks, though, have since colonized the web for television’s values. From Facebook to Instagram, the medium refocuses our attention on videos and images, rewarding emotional appeals—‘like’ buttons—over rational ones. Instead of a quest for knowledge, it engages us in an endless zest for instant approval from an audience, for which we are constantly but unconsciouly performing.

Source: How Social Media Endangers Knowledge | WIRED

A Low-Tech Guide to Becoming More Politically Active – The New York Times

Alternative National Park Twitter Accounts Appear As EPA Media Blackout Continues : All Tech Considered : NPR

Countering the Trump administration’s restrictions on public communications, unofficial Twitter accounts for the National Park Service have been tweeting facts about climate change.

Source: Alternative National Park Twitter Accounts Appear As EPA Media Blackout Continues : All Tech Considered : NPR