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News Anxiety: How to Avoid the Doomscroll

May 2, 2022
Psychology.org

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For as long as people had widespread access to daily news, there has been news-related anxiety. But the age of social media has dramatically increased the amount of time we spend keeping up on current events.

Instead of limiting news consumption to once a day, e.g., reading the morning paper or watching the local news before heading to work, many of us are immersed in a neverending news cycle.

Today, at least 1 in 5 Americans get their news through social media. And the average internet user spends more than 2 hours scrolling per day. And every year, that number steadily increases.

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