What are tips to stop “hate scrolling,” ie looking at social media opinions/profiles that conflict w your own? Sometimes I find myself doing it just to feel something, but I know it’s bad.

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I stopped because I recognized it was harming me emotionally, especially when it involved people that I care about (like family members). I had to unfollow some family members so I would no longer see their posts, for example.

For me, I had so much anger and frustration at what is happening in the world that it was a way to experience and pinpoint some of that anger towards something more tangible. Like being able to point to a person or group of people who are the cause of my anger or hurt and that helped me experience it a bit more. Maybe that’s what we are all doing with all of this online posting and hate or doom scrolling. But, it didn’t actually make me feel any better. It just fed it more. I became more firm in my anger and hurt and less tolerant of the other side.

So, I stopped. I only follow fun stuff on social media. Food and pet accounts, fun and light things. I check in on some other accounts from time to time, but do not follow them.

I have also started using the Freedom app for my phone. You basically put yourself in timeout from social media with it. You set a timer and once it starts, you cannot access any social media until it goes off. It has helped me break the habit. I do this when I am having a particularly rough time of putting my phone down.

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First step is just acknowledging that you want to stop.

Next time you catch yourself reaching for your phone/opening a website, stop, take a deep breath and count backwards from 10. Repeat until the urge passes. If after doing this you still want to read it then go ahead. But do it will full intention behind it rather than subconsciously

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I’m glad you put a name to it! I aso find myself doing this. It really fires me up sometimes and I need to stop! I am following in case I can also garner tips to halt this behavior!

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It’s shameful but real, especially during periods of time we’ve been otherwise isolated! I also find myself justifying it by telling myself “I want to understand how the other side thinks,” but the arguments I see are rarely based on logic and almost always just incendiary.

I put a limit on my Instagram use per hour. I use App Block which one my let's me use IG for 15 minutes max per hour. You can also install a google chrome extension which will do the same for websites.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one guilty of this. It really stresses me out

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