Ever since the pandemic, my dad has gotten more and more depressed. Why? Because he's constantly scrolling through negative news and sad articles about the state of the world. Yes, it's important to stay informed, but there comes a point where doomscrolling is just harmful.
The National Institute of Health says that doomscrolling is a "vicious cycle" and can cause "increased feelings of depression and anxiety" like I've experiences with my dad. So, I wanted to create a simple solution to all this negative news.
What it does
AntiScroll processes Google News headlines to check whether or not they will be upsetting to the reeader. If an article is found to be harmful, it will be blocked and the reader will be spared from being sad.
How we built it
Challenges I ran into
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
What's next for AntiScroll
I would like to possibly incorporate machine learning to tailor news blocking to specific user's needs. Also, I might try to make this work on Twitter, because my dad gets a lot of news from there.
go to chrome extensions, click "load unpacked" and pick the antiscroll-main folder