What is doom-scrolling?

Scrolling through your newsfeed for the latest COVID-19 information

Doom-scrolling is when a person scrolls through his newsfeed online to find the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic. The term became popular in April of 2020.

You may see the slang term used online but it is most often used in-person to criticize a person's habit of constantly checking the Internet for more dire news. The scrolling may be done on a computer but it is typically done on a mobile device, like a phone or tablet.

People often scroll newsfeeds on social sites, like Facebook and Twitter. However, they may also scroll on news sites for COVID-19-related articles, such as CNN, Fox News, or Yahoo.


Dad, stop doom-scrolling and come to the table for supper!

When you can't get enough of doom and gloom

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Updated September 14, 2020

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