Doomscrolling is a term used to describe the habit of endlessly scrolling through negative or distressing news or social media content, often resulting in feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, and despair.
With the proliferation of social media and the constant stream of information available at our fingertips, it can be easy to fall into the trap of doomscrolling, particularly during times of uncertainty or crisis.
Discord Addressing Doomscrolling
Discord is a popular communication platform, especially among gamers, that allows users to chat, share photos and videos, and participate in voice and video calls. While Discord is known for its strong community and positive atmosphere, the company is aware that doomscrolling can be a problem on its platform and is taking steps to address it.
"We're not really a platform where you're scrolling mindlessly through a feed liking posts..." – Rick Ling
Rick Ling is the current Director of Product & Communities at Discord. Ling said the above statement in a interview back in July and added the following: “We really only work when you want to talk to somebody else.”
Saying "No" to Doomscrolling
One reason why Discord doesn't want doomscrolling on its platform is that it can have negative effects on mental health. Studies have shown that excessive use of social media, particularly when it involves engaging with negative or stressful content, can lead to increased feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. It can also disrupt sleep and contribute to a general sense of overwhelm.
Another reason why Discord is working to prevent doomscrolling is that it can create a toxic or negative environment for users. When people are constantly bombarded with negative news or content, it can affect their mood and outlook on life. This can lead to conflicts or negative interactions with others on the platform, which can in turn create a toxic or unwelcoming atmosphere.
By encouraging users to take breaks from scrolling and engaging with more positive or uplifting content, Discord is working to create a more positive and supportive community. In addition, Discord has a number of resources available for users who may be struggling with mental health issues. These include a dedicated help center with information on mental health and self-care, as well as a network of trained volunteers who are available to provide support and guidance to users in need.
Infinite Scrolling Feature in Major Platforms
Shortly after the ban of TikTok in India, the popular app lost millions of its users. In the recent months we have now seen many major introduce a TikTok like feature with infinite video scrolling that shows videos based on your interest using advanced algorithms. Instagram introduced Reels, YouTube introduced Shorts, and Reddit also introduced a more healthier, topic based infinite scrolling.
Finally, Discord is working to promote a culture of positivity and support on its platform. This includes encouraging users to engage in activities that are uplifting or positive, such as participating in virtual game nights or sharing funny memes. It also involves working with community leaders to create a safe and welcoming space for all users.
In conclusion, Discord recognizes that doomscrolling can be a problem on its platform and is taking steps to address it. By promoting healthy habits, offering resources for users in need, and fostering a positive and supportive culture, Discord is working to create a healthy and welcoming community for all of its users.
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