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'Recovering Doomscroller' shares how he was able to break his news 'addiction' in revealing post

He was scrolling through the news during dinner with his family and knew he had to stop.

A man sits in his chair apathetically scrolling through social media.

Keeping up with the 24-hour news cycle in real time can be overwhelming. It can lead to a negative cycle known as “doomscrolling,” or endlessly scrolling through negative news, usually without realizing the emotional impact it's having.

Doomscrollers can get fixated on various topics, such as politics, crime, social justice, celebrity news, and even the personal lives of people they know on social media.

A Reddit user named Max wrote a revealing post about his doomscrolling habit on the Taoism subreddit. It explained how he got wrapped up in the vicious cycle, how it affected him on a biochemical level, and how he freed himself from the addiction. Taoism is a 1,900-year-oldphilosophy developed in China centered around balance, harmony with nature, simplicity and spontaneity.

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There are some things that have just quietly slipped into history.

Earlier this month, Netflix announced it would send out its last DVDs to customers on September 29. Over its 25-year history, the company sent out over 5.2 billion DVDs, and in its peak year, 2010, it had over 20 million subscribers to the DVD service.

It’s incredible to think how ubiquitous those red envelopes were just a few years ago, and in a few months, they’ll be history.

Netflix’s announcement made headlines worldwide, but not every cultural staple has its moment in the sun before it's gone. There are a lot of things that come in with a bang and go out with a whimper. Many of them are never thought about again.

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Guy's 'blueberry waffle' meal is going viral for the most hilariously disturbing reason

"There’s no way this is true. Those are clearly blueberry waffles."

A tasty blueberry waffle with a dollop of butter.

A viral story on Reddit will make you think twice before you ever eat a blueberry waffle again. A Reddit user with the username @RandyBoBandy___, who goes by the name of Randy, thought he was enjoying a tasty, carb-filled breakfast earlier this month, but he later realized that he had put his health in serious jeopardy.

Randy lives in Montreal, Canada, and his story, posted on April 11, has been upvoted by the online community over 144,000 times.

“It was pretty dark, and my freezer doesn’t have a light or anything, so I just took two waffles out and put them in the toaster,” Randy told Today.com. “I ate them with maple syrup.”

He didn’t notice anything different with the taste. So, he went back into his freezer to grab two more.

“After eating two of these blueberry waffles, I went to heat up two more and saw that the package was for plain waffles,” the Redditor wrote in the r/mildlyinfuriating subreddit. “I ate mold.”

Ewww. Disgusting.

So, what Randy thought were delicious, sweet blueberries in his waffle was mold. Given the picture he shared on Reddit, it’s easy to see why he mistook the blue mold for blueberries.

"It was the worst 10 seconds of my life," Randy wrote in his post.

After eating two of these blueberry waffles, i went to heat up two more and saw that the package was for plain waffles. I ate mold.
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“There’s no way this is true. Those are clearly blueberry waffles,” uguysmakemesick commented on the post.

"Just pretend it was blue cheese or penicillin," MajorMeowCat wrote.

Punk_n_Destroy's comment probably made Randy want to throw up. "Fun fact: mold is a fungus, so the spots you see are only the fruiting part of the mold," they wrote. "That whole waffle may be packed full of mycelium."

Randy further explained why he didn’t notice that his waffles were moldy.

“1—I was watching TV. 2—I ate it with maple syrup. 3—It was dark. 4—I might have COVID, or a bad cold. 5—It's 5 AM where I’m at. 6—It's the cheap waffles, I never expect any real flavour,” he wrote on the post.

After the post went viral, many were concerned about Randy’s health. Did he survive eating two waffles that were riddled with mold? So, he gave an update showing that he was still alive and had no symptoms of being poisoned by the moldy waffles.

“Update, I didn’t get sick,” Randy posted with a big thumbs up alongside another moldy waffle.

Update: I didn't get sick
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Randy told Today.com that the waffle went bad because of a power outage in his neighborhood that lasted for four days. While his refrigerator was off, he kept most of his perishables in a cooler packed with ice. However, the waffles were left in the warm freezer so they defrosted and went bad.

So, was Randy tempting fate when he ate the moldy waffles? According to dietitian Lillian Craggs-Dino, eating a moldy waffle shouldn’t kill you. “Be mindful of the fact that you ate it,” Craggs-Dino told the Cleveland Clinic. “And make sure you don’t have any symptoms for the rest of that day. Most likely, you’ll be okay.”

What will the future look like?

A Reddit user asked an innocent question about the future and it exposed a lot of the issues that people worry about today. It also highlighted the things we should appreciate while they are still around.

Klausbrusselssprouts asked the AskReddit forum, “In 50 years, what will people be nostalgic for?” and the responses went two ways. Some people mentioned the things they fear will get a lot worse in the future such as the role that technology plays in our lives and climate change.

Others saw the question as a way of appreciating the things we have now that may not survive over the next few decades.

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