While doomscrolling was coined back in March, it wasn’t used very much at the time. It wasn’t until June that mentions really started gaining traction.
In fact, it was in part thanks to the US election that the term became so widely used. US politics was a huge driver in conversations about doomscrolling on social media, with 18k mentions of the election, Biden, and Trump alongside the term between June 1 and November 8 2020.
An unhealthy habit
Ultimately, doomscrolling conversation on social media really focuses on the unhealthiness of the habit. Between March 1 and November 8 2020 we found 62k mentions about quitting doomscrolling.
Unsurprisingly, that conversation reached a peak last week (12k mentions) as the world waited for the big election result.
We also found that the conversation focused on how droomscrolling affected wellbeing:
- Exacerbated stress levels – 3k mentions
- Heightened anxiety – 5k mentions
- Lack of focus and hindered productivity – 6k mentions
This year has been tough, and the internet is coming up with new words to describe our experiences. Much like when WFH was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary earlier in the year, it’s likely we’ll see more terms coined during the pandemic in the next round of additions.
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