What happens when you reach your limit online

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As a writer, it’s always been my job to be extremely online. Now that everything from my office to my friendships is operating remotely, the internet is an even bigger part of my life. And I’ve never been more tired of it.

It seems like so much of my social media feeds are filled with terrible news. Case counts rise. Businesses collapse. The White House impedes efforts at progress. Every time I open Twitter, there’s a new thing to be devastated and enraged about. It seems like it never stops — and yet, I keep reading.

This perverse habit, which some have termed “doomsurfing” or “doomscrolling” is now part of our collective zeitgeist. The New York Times called it a “masochistic exercise.” NPR called it “a pool of despair.” Experts…

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