Doomscrolling: a negative impact on the psyche of teenagers

A study by the company NordVPN shows that 77% of 18-24 year olds scroll on their mobile in the morning. A bad habit, as David Nunez, director of technology and digital strategy at the MIT Museum, points out to our colleagues at The Conversation : “Social media algorithms emphasize negativity, which causes our bodies to produce stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. »

The practice of ‘doomscrolling’ is bad for young people. Seeing only negative information scroll by, they tend to be more stressed, more anxious, to suffer from insomnia. If they can’t do without their mobile phone, how should parents react? Above all, it is essential to discuss with your teenager and explain to him the harmfulness of ‘doomscroller’, in the morning, on social networks to see only sad news. We can offer him, instead, to scroll through the news for 10 minutes in the morning during the family breakfast, which allows us to discuss it together, to defuse any fears, then do the same for 10 minutes in the evening, but not just before going to sleep.

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