For example, set a limit for 30 minutes in the late morning and then another 30 minutes in the afternoon. Circle has a Time Limits feature that will cut off your access to specific news or social media sites after your 30 minutes are up. You can also Filter content with a focus on quality news.
3. Reduce or turn off notifications
The easiest way to reduce doomscrolling is to not start as much in the first place. If you get notifications from news apps, disable them or reduce the number you get. Once we’re reading what’s trending on our favorite news outlets, it can be hard to pull away.
You can also try to make the news sites you read less appealing by turning off the color on your screen. Color options are usually found in the settings section of your smartphone.
4. Balance online and offline time
Lastly, make sure that you balance your online activity with offline activity. After finishing a 30-minute news reading session, do a project that you enjoy that doesn’t require a screen, like sketching, exercising, or spending time with loved ones.
Four Tips To Help Your Kids With Doomscrolling
If your kids—especially older teens—spend a lot of time on devices, they might fall into the doomscrolling habit, too. While every parent should set their own boundaries, here are a few ways you can help kids develop healthy limits on how they use their devices.
1. Help teens understand their goals
Most teenagers don’t want to spend all day on their phones feeling discouraged. But just like adults, it’s easy to forget what they do want instead. Start a conversation with your teen about what their ideal day would look like. How much time would they spend on a device? What kind of content would they consume? Just being more aware of their own goals can help teens change their habits.