Social Media’s ‘Doomscrolling Reminder Lady’ on her favorite corners of the internet

Here at Mozilla, we’re the first to admit that the Internet isn’t perfect, but we’re also quick to point out that the Internet is pretty magical. The internet opens doors and opportunities, enables people to connect with others and allows everyone to find where they belong: their corner of the internet. We all have an internet story worth sharing. In My corner of the internetwe talk to people about the online spaces that they can’t get enough of, that we need to save on Bag to read later, and what sites and forums they formed

This month we talk to Karen Hothe journalist behind the Doomscrolling reminder bot that reminds its more than 71,000 followers on Twitter to drink water, sit up straight and stop doomscrolling.

Photo credit: Kristin Foster

What is your favorite corner of the internet?

The journalists of Color Slack. i play too wordle every day – my sister lured me into it a few weeks ago.

What’s a deep internet dive you can’t wait to dive back into?

After I finally see “Everything Everywhere All At Once” in theaters, I’ll be reading every article written about the film, the filmmakers, and the stars.

What’s the one tab you always regret closing it?

I wrote an email pitch to the New Yorker about my master’s thesis, but never sent it out of nervousness. A contributor wrote about the exact topic several months later, and it was nominated for a National Magazine Award in Public Service.

What can you not talk about on the internet right now?

The ongoing hate crimes against Asian Americans; how work in the media industry is very strange and often overwhelming right now† how the US continues to fail in its handling of COVID-19; and my very cute dog Max, who doesn’t care what I do for work or how many followers I have on Twitter. I also tell a lot of people about Goodwill Auctions and plan to launch a newsletter about it soon.

What was the first online community you engaged with?

A Sailor Moon fan site where I read episode guides, then a lot of time on Neopets, Teen Open Diary and LiveJournal.

What articles and videos are waiting in your Pocket to be read/watched?

It’s such a mess. A huge backlog of John OliverPlanet Moneyand This American life episodes; articles from the New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Businessweek; and various business explanations about inflation, supply chain issues, recruitment and what else? Elon Musk’s bid on Twitter really means.

When was the last time you caught yourself doing doom scrolling and what did you do to get out?

When the Political news broke† I tweeted aloud reminders to myself and others about how getting enough sleep would give me more energy to read thoughtful articles and do my job today than staying up late reading analysis and bad opinions.

If you could create your own corner of the internet, what would it look like?

A feed like Twitter, but with more security and moderation guidelines and features. The commentary communities of old Deadspin and the toast† The enthusiasm and sheer joy of Tom Lum’s video about bees that sense time† Nicole Cliffe’s Twitter prompts. The tone and style of Matt Levine and Rusty Foster’s newsletters. The New York Times Styles Desk Gift Guide from 2020 (and a lot of which editor/writer Choire Sicha and graphic designer Tracy Ma dreams, they are both geniuses). More wellness options for managing time and focus. And lots of pictures of pets.

Karen K. Ho is a freelance business reporter and writer who splits her time between Toronto and New York City. She has been published in such outlets as TIME, GQ, Men’s Health, Glamour, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Columbia Journalism Review. She is also the creator of the Doomscrolling Reminder Bot.

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