Joseph Prezioso – AFP / Getty ImagesA woman receives a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Saint Charles Borromeo Catholic Church’s McGivney Community Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Tuesday. (Joseph Prezioso – AFP / Getty Images)
For a long time, Americans were hungry for doomsday coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, and establishment media outlets were happy to oblige.
The phenomenon led to “doomscrolling,” which Dr. Ariane Ling, a psychologist and assistant professor at New York University’s Langone Health, described as “the act of endlessly scrolling down one’s news apps, Twitter and social media and reading bad news.”
“In the efforts to make information accessible to all, many major news resources like [The New York Times] are offering coverage of COVID for free,” Ling told Healthline in July. “This creates both less barriers to being informed, but it also adds to the abundance of doomsday headlines out there.”