Are you always on the lookout for negative news and harrowing headlines? Take this test to find out if you have a 'doomscrolling' habit.
By Jourdan Travers, LCSW | February 09, 2024
The term "doomscrolling" has emerged as a poignant descriptor for a troubling phenomenon in our digital age. It encapsulates the compulsive behavior of endlessly scrolling through negative news and social media feeds. Driven by an insatiable thirst for information, the behavior often persists at the expense of one's mental well-being. This habit, while seemingly innocuous on the surface, can have profound implications for individuals' psychological health and overall quality of life.
As more individuals find themselves entrapped in the cycle of doomscrolling, there arises a pressing need to identify and measure the severity of these behaviors. By doing so, researchers and mental health professionals can gain valuable insights into the underlying mechanisms driving doomscrolling, and develop targeted interventions to mitigate its adverse effects.
The Doomscrolling Scale provides a standardized framework for evaluating the frequency and intensity of doomscrolling behaviors, as well as the emotional responses they elicit. Through its use, researchers can gain deeper insights into the psychological factors contributing to this habit and tailor interventions accordingly. Moreover, the scale serves as a valuable tool for individuals to self-assess their doomscrolling tendencies and take proactive steps towards fostering healthier digital habits.
You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.
Step 1: Rate the following statements based on how much you agree with them on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree.
References: Sharma, B., Lee, S. S., & Johnson, B. K. (2022). The dark at the end of the tunnel: Doomscrolling on social media newsfeeds. Technology, Mind, and Behavior, 3(1). 1-13. doi:10.1037/tmb0000059