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Intentional Screen Time Over Doomscrolling

Intentional Screen Time Over Doomscrolling

Intentional Screen Time Over Doomscrolling

Smartphone is an integral part of our lives. It's our go-to solution when things go wrong in our day. We seek comfort and reassurance in the soft glow of our screens, often gravitating towards social media. It's easy to think that scrolling through social media will lift our spirits, but is it really a good idea?

In this article, we'll delve into the impact of screen time on our productivity and well-being and explore alternative activities that can help us cope with stress.

“What’s Wrong With Me?”

🍬  The Marshmallow Trap

When life throws us a curveball, we often turn to what we can call "marshmallow" activities. These are activities that provide comfort and an immediate sense of pleasure. Scrolling through social media, watching cute animal videos, or binge-watching TV shows are all examples of marshmallow activities. Even if it seems impossible, it's important to face up to your problems and not run away from them. Seeking comfort alone is an ideal short-term solution, but it won't solve your problems. Don't be fooled by the comforting effect of certain tools, as this is not their primary purpose and using them for this purpose could have negative effects such as…

… 💫  The Algorithmic Feedback Loop

The problem with seeking solace in your smartphone is that it initiates a feedback loop driven by algorithms. When you engage with content related to your current situation, the algorithms take note of your preferences. They want to keep you on their platform for as long as possible, so they start pushing more of the same content your way.

At first, it might seem harmless, but over time, you become ensnared in a vortex of negativity. The content you see becomes increasingly one-dimensional, focused on your problems and anxieties. You get trapped in an echo chamber of negativity, far removed from the initial comfort of the marshmallow activity.

Finding Comfort Outside Social Media

So, what's the best way to cope with a bad day without falling into the algorithmic trap? The answer lies in finding activities that don't depend on algorithms. These activities allow you to decompress, recharge your batteries, and regain a sense of control over your day.

🥊  Physical Activity

Engaging in physical activities like a brisk walk, jog, or yoga can do wonders for your mental well-being. Exercise triggers the release of endorphins, your body's natural mood lifters, making you feel better and more resilient to stress.

🪷 Mindfulness and Meditation

Practicing mindfulness and meditation can help you gain clarity and perspective. It enables you to step back from your problems and view them from a more objective angle. These techniques can help you manage your emotions and reduce stress.

🎨  Creative Activities

You don’t need to be Mozart to play music or Picasso to draw something. Diving into creative pursuits like painting, writing, or playing a musical instrument provides an outlet for your emotions. It allows you to channel your feelings into something productive and positive.

🧠  Reading and Learning

Immersing yourself in a good book or learning something new can be a great escape from a challenging day. Reading stimulates your imagination, while learning keeps your mind engaged and focused on growth.

Smartphone is an integral part of our lives. It's our go-to solution when things go wrong in our day. We seek comfort and reassurance in the soft glow of our screens, often gravitating towards social media. It's easy to think that scrolling through social media will lift our spirits, but is it really a good idea?

In this article, we'll delve into the impact of screen time on our productivity and well-being and explore alternative activities that can help us cope with stress.

“What’s Wrong With Me?”

🍬  The Marshmallow Trap

When life throws us a curveball, we often turn to what we can call "marshmallow" activities. These are activities that provide comfort and an immediate sense of pleasure. Scrolling through social media, watching cute animal videos, or binge-watching TV shows are all examples of marshmallow activities. Even if it seems impossible, it's important to face up to your problems and not run away from them. Seeking comfort alone is an ideal short-term solution, but it won't solve your problems. Don't be fooled by the comforting effect of certain tools, as this is not their primary purpose and using them for this purpose could have negative effects such as…

… 💫  The Algorithmic Feedback Loop

The problem with seeking solace in your smartphone is that it initiates a feedback loop driven by algorithms. When you engage with content related to your current situation, the algorithms take note of your preferences. They want to keep you on their platform for as long as possible, so they start pushing more of the same content your way.

At first, it might seem harmless, but over time, you become ensnared in a vortex of negativity. The content you see becomes increasingly one-dimensional, focused on your problems and anxieties. You get trapped in an echo chamber of negativity, far removed from the initial comfort of the marshmallow activity.

Finding Comfort Outside Social Media

So, what's the best way to cope with a bad day without falling into the algorithmic trap? The answer lies in finding activities that don't depend on algorithms. These activities allow you to decompress, recharge your batteries, and regain a sense of control over your day.

🥊  Physical Activity

Engaging in physical activities like a brisk walk, jog, or yoga can do wonders for your mental well-being. Exercise triggers the release of endorphins, your body's natural mood lifters, making you feel better and more resilient to stress.

🪷 Mindfulness and Meditation

Practicing mindfulness and meditation can help you gain clarity and perspective. It enables you to step back from your problems and view them from a more objective angle. These techniques can help you manage your emotions and reduce stress.

🎨  Creative Activities

You don’t need to be Mozart to play music or Picasso to draw something. Diving into creative pursuits like painting, writing, or playing a musical instrument provides an outlet for your emotions. It allows you to channel your feelings into something productive and positive.

🧠  Reading and Learning

Immersing yourself in a good book or learning something new can be a great escape from a challenging day. Reading stimulates your imagination, while learning keeps your mind engaged and focused on growth.

Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

Made simple. See by yourself.

⚡️

💜

🔒

⌨️

🌿

🌿

🌙

Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

All made simple. See by yourself.

⚡️

💜

🔒

⌨️

🌿

🌿

🌙

Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

Made simple. See by yourself.

⚡️

💜

🔒

⌨️

🌿

🌿

🌙

Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

All made simple. See by yourself.

Don’t worry, TikTok will always be around

But your

won't wait.

Better Screen Time

Made simple. See by yourself.

⚡️

💜

🔒

⌨️

🌿

🌿

🌙

The Power of Intentional Screen Time

Of course, we know that completely eliminating screen time is unrealistic in today's world. Smartphones and technology have their place and can be used intentionally to enhance productivity and well-being.

So here are some useful tips to help you better use your phone.

✋  Setting Boundaries

Establishing clear boundaries for screen time is crucial. stop using your phone as a reflex. Choose when and why you want to use it! You can set up a "Conscious Use" session on Jomo. This will block your apps by default. Each time you open them you'll get a little message to motivate you to do something else, or you can simply take a break (but be careful, it will be limited in time). That way you mindlessly scrolling and training the algorithms to recommend ever more depressing content!

🫶 Always Consume Inspirational Content

Opt for content that is educational, inspirational, or entertaining in a positive way. Follow accounts and channels that provide valuable insights, motivation, and learning opportunities. Your screen time can become a source of growth and positivity. On Instagram for example, you can choose to see ONLY your followings’ content. You simply have to press on the “For You” and select “Following”.

Go further with App Blocking

Sometimes these tips aren't enough and we need an extra help to be more focused.

🔒  App blocker and Screen Time Management Tool

Sometimes we may require a little help. For this, you can download an app blocker that will allow you to block the apps of your choice for as long as you need. The most complete tool for iPhone is Jomo, available for free on the App Store.

With Jomo, you can block apps for specific time slots or set time limits on your most distracting apps. Additionally, you can link a blocking session to a concentration mode, and we'll provide more details about this in the following article.


In 2023, it's easy to turn to screens when things go wrong in our day. However, this reflex can lead to a vicious cycle of negativity fueled by algorithms. To break free from this trap, it's important to engage in activities that don't rely on algorithms, providing genuine comfort and relief.

🔗 Le Monde ; Huffpost
✋ Illustrations by Jomo ; Photography Unsplash

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