It’s called a forcing function: When something is designed to prevent a behavior. It’s also known as a behavior-shaping constraint. The Japanese call it poka-yoke.
Then I remembered something: I’m a designer. What does a designer do when they want to prevent a behavior? They make it hard to do.
And then it hit me: I could be doing something else right now. I could start my day productively. I could start it without requests from other people, and news stories that make me feel bad.