Digital addiction is real and it could be as dangerous as drug addiction, warned psychiatrists while outlining practical ways to fight the urge to use gadgets non-stop both among children and adults.
The warning came following reports of a 24-year-old mother committing suicide last week in Tamil Nadu after she was prevented from using TikTok and a 16-year-old student from Madhya Pradesh suffering a major cardiac arrest and losing his life after playing PUBG for six straight hours last month.
The key to fighting digital addiction is to realize the problem when someone develops it, experts said to IANS
- He also believes that one must ensure getting proper sleep to get rid of digital addiction, as this might force people to take care of their bodies.
- In addition, Parikh also recommended that adults should undergo four hours of digital detox every week when they do not use their phone or any gadget.
- The director of Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare, Samir Parikh believes that maintaining a balance between work, life indoor, outdoor recreation and social engagements can help to cope up with digital addiction.
- He also suggests that parents should be alarmed when they notice that a child’s ability to live life normally has got affected and they lash out badly when digital access is denied. Parents should engage their children to get off the digital world and enjoy some time being social with people.
- Engaging in sports or meetings with friends and family can be a good way to stay away from phones. In addition, reading might also help to combat boredom if indoors.