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Digital detox: fighting technical addiction now needs an institutional push

Digital detox: Fighting against technical addiction now needs an institutional push

The world is more connected & # 39; & # 39; – strictly in a digital sense – and yet the disconnected / alienating digital devices (a proxy to stay connected) remain in the real world impossible to ignore. Although all this & # 39; connectedness & # 39; not necessarily & # 39; bad & # 39; is – it saves time, money and energy – how has the world switched to digital technology, reflected in the growing screen between countries, there is an unpleasant, indeed, damaging deposit. Research shows that social media may make many of us unhappy, depressed and paradoxically antisocial. Even Facebook understands. A survey quoted by Facebook in a blog post revealed that when people spend a lot of time consuming information passively, they ultimately feel worse. Excessive users and readers of online media have also reported isolated, sleep deprivation, stress, inability to focus and addiction. In India, a door-to-door survey among 2,750 people funded by the Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR) showed that 5-9% in the 15-50 age group were addicted.

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In an effort to tackle this phenomenon and to spread awareness about the dangers of excessive dependence on technology in the country, the Service for a healthy use of technology (SHUT) clinic of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru, develops since 2014 strategies for technology addiction & # 39; to treat. The schools of Bengaluru have a digital detox day on which the wifi is switched off, as well as mobile phones, tablets, computers and other gadgets, both at school and at home, by encouraging parents to spend more time with their children at home. Restaurants now offer discounts to customers for "logout" by depositing their gadgets at the restaurant for the duration of the meal. This is indeed a healthy way to shorten the screen time. But an institutional push to educate the masses about the dangers of digital addiction is what is desperately needed-given the technology addiction has become wide.

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