Mirriam Webster reports that they are closely monitoring the new terms, “doomsurfing” and its companion, “doomscrolling”, presumably with the possibility of adding these words to their dictionary.
They define these terms as the tendency to continue to surf or scroll through bad news, even though that news is saddening, disheartening, or depressing.
This phenomenon seems to have begun with the Covid-19 virus, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the focus. There is endless bad news in our day, and the ever-present internet, iPhone, and other like devices, all contribute to this ever-growing problem.
Lockdowns and curfews are also contributing to this disorder. Late night doomscrolling, combined with the social media websites that have an agenda to promote unrest and turmoil, have contributed to the rise of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and even suicide, to say nothing of divorce, family breakdowns, and social isolation issues.
It is interesting that today, the word, “doom” refers to a grim or calamitous fate but originally the word referred to judgment. When Lucifer fell from heaven, his doom was finalized. Hence, the final doom is the last judgment at the Great White Throne.
Fortunately, there is a way to prevent this disease (or addiction). Instead of constantly reading or listening to the bad news, we can turn to the good news. We can lay down our phone and pick up our Bible. Here we find the pronouncement of hope. Here we find the remedy to heal our families and ourselves. Here we discover truthful reality instead of the false rudiments of the world.
Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ also have the cure for insomnia which can lead to depression.
Ps 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
Ps 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Pr 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.
Securing eternal life in heaven is the only way to secure peace in your soul. We have published two books that will encourage you in these days of doom. They are as follows:
Link to Eternal Salvation by Leo LaVinka: http://www.theoldpathspublications.com/Pages/Authors/LaVinka.htm#Eternal http://www.theoldpathspublications.com/Pages/Authors/LaVinka.htm#Eternal