“If you are feeling overwhelmed, a digital detox is a good idea. Go offline for a while. If that seems too extreme, turn off notifications and choose a set time and duration daily to log on,” she said.
Digital transformation strategist Yavi Madurai explained that a new term, "doomscrolling", emerged during 2020, from the constant mind-numbing scrolling and almost compulsive consumption of negative media.
“This also resulted in what psychologists refer to as 'terror management theory', which basically says that we have many defence mechanisms such as a just worldview, nationalism, and religious beliefs that help alleviate our fear and protects us from existential anxiety when something threatens our mortality,” she said.
“If these defence mechanisms fail and we feel exposed and threatened we attempt to connect to a broader social entity, a collective, or to pursue something with meaning.”
She said social media was both a blessing and a curse in these dark times.
“On the basis of the psychology of social media, we have to be conscious and aware of our own sense of self when on social media, now more than ever.”