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.
Update: February 10, 2021 ..I’ve archived and retired the Trumpfiles blog, and that is the reason for the gap in my archives.. I was away working on the Biden-Harris election as best I could and the site to get out the truth about Trump.. I resumed working on my main blog, DrWeb’s Domain in February, 2021…
Editor’s Note: I’ve been away from my blog a while; apologies.. life, quarantine, coronavirus have intervened.. I’ll be back, to quote Arnold.. meanwhile, see below for my new blog for the 2020 Presidential Election in November, 2020.. please take a look, follow, like, etc.
I have a new blog, started in April, 2020, in support of Joe Biden, and telling the truth about Trump.. You can view and follow the blog at: https://trumpfiles2020.com/
“With the proliferation of hoaxes, conspiracy theories, doctored photos and lies that look like news, it’s inevitable: We’re all chumps sometimes.For those who are tired of it, along comes the first International Fact-Checking Day — which arrived, appropriately, on Sunday, just after April Fools’ Day.Think of it as a global counterpunch on behalf of truth.”
“One research team found that “highly automated accounts” supporting President Trump — a category that includes both bots and cyborgs — out-tweeted those supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton by a ratio of 5 to 1 in the final days before the vote.”
This is sad failure of technology, and Twitter, and social media, that corrupts democracy.
Daniel John Sobieski is among those who adeptly use “bots” and “cyborgs” to amplify their tweets.