The Impact of “scrolling” through bad news- Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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Bala Cynwyd Clinical Psychologist Talks Doomscrolling, Emphasizes Importance of Setting Time Limit


Dr. Rob Hindman, a clinical psychologist at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Bala Cynwyd, believes setting a time limit when doomscrolling – or continuously scrolling through bad news – is important to avoid being enveloped in feelings of fear and anxiety, writes Megan Frank for PBS39.

“One story is going to lead to the next,” said Hindman. “That’s how news sites are organized. So, you have to commit to only being online for a certain amount of time.”

He added that for most people doomscrolling is not necessarily an addictive behavior but more a bad habit. Still, it can significantly impact a person’s life in negative ways, he said.


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