What does Doom-scrolling mean?

Flipping through your newsfeed to stay updated on COVID-19

When someone keeps checking their online newsfeed for the most recent updates about the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s known as ‘Doom-scrolling’. It’s a term that started getting attention in April 2020.

Though you might see ‘Doom-scrolling’ being used online, it’s usually said in real life to point out someone’s tendency of incessantly hunting for more grim news on the internet. The act of scrolling can be done on a computer but is more commonly performed on handheld devices like smartphones or tablets.

‘Doom-scrolling’ is often done on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. But it’s not just limited to these sites, people will also endlessly scroll through news websites looking for articles related to COVID-19, on sites like BBC, Al Jazeera, or Google News.

Example for using ‘Doom-scrolling’ in a conversation

Hey, have you heard about this term called ‘Doom-scrolling’?

Yeah, I have! It’s when you’re constantly scrolling through your newsfeed for the latest COVID-19 updates.

Exactly! It’s become such a common habit nowadays.

I know, right? It’s hard not to get caught up in all the news and updates.