Social Media’s ‘Doomscrolling Reminder Lady’ on Her Favorite Corners of the Internet

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 damn magical. The Internet opens doors and opportunities, allows people to connect with others, and allows everyone to find their place – their corners of the Internet. We all have a story on the internet worth sharing. In my corner of the internetwe talk with people about online spaces they can’t get enough of, what we should be saving Poached to read later, and what sites and forums shaped them.

This month we speak with Karen Hothe journalist behind the Doomscrolling Reminder Bot who reminds his more than 71,000 Twitter followers to drink water, sit up straight and stop doomscrolling.

Photo credit: Kristin Foster

What is your favorite corner of the internet?

Journalists of color Slack. I also play Wordle every day – my sister introduced me to it a few weeks ago.

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

After finally watching “Everything Everywhere All At Once” in cinemas, I will read all the articles written about the film, the filmmakers and the stars.

Which tab do you still regret closing?

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

What can’t you stop talking about on the internet right now?

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

What was the first online community you got involved with?

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

What articles and videos are in your pocket waiting to be read/watched right now?

It’s such a mess. A huge backlog of John Olivier, Silver Planetand This American Life episodes; reports from The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Atlantic and Bloomberg Businessweek; and several trade explainers on inflation, supply chain issues, hiring and what Elon Musk’s offer on Twitter really means.

When was the last time you caught yourself doomscrolling and what did you do to get out of it?

When the The political news has fallen. I tweeted out loud reminders to myself and others about how getting enough sleep would give me more energy to read thoughtful articles and do my work today than staying up late to read analytics 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 guidelines and security and moderation features. The feedback communities of the old Deadspin and The toast. The excitement and sheer joy of Tom Lum’s video on bees perceive time. Twitter prompts from Nicole Cliffe. The tone and style of Matt Levine and Rusty Foster’s newsletters. The New York Times Styles Desk Gift Guide From 2020 (and many of any editor/writer Choir Sicha and graphic designer Tracy Ma dream, they are both geniuses). More wellness options to manage time and focus. And lots of pictures of animals.

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

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