If we ask this to any Jodhpuries, then we may have the major chunk of youth just busy on their smart phones, laptop – doing what productive is clueless. Earlier, we were using 1 GB of data in 28 days now 1 GB of data every day felt less. Are we using digital technology wisely or just wastage of important resources – Time, Mind, and Emotions on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp or online games?? So are we ADDICTing to digital technology??
“Hathaiya” famous in Jodhpur for human interaction, discussions which results in social bonding, now slowly-slowly WhatsApp and other messenger apps are becoming “Digital Hathaiya” with no interaction of feelings and emotions.
The digital addict is used to refer a person who compulsively uses digital technology, which would manifest as another form of addiction if that technology was not as easily accessible to them. Along with advances in digital technology, an increasing number of people are suffering from Digital Addiction Disorder (DAD) or the inability to stop looking at smart phones or other devices.
However, using the internet intensively does not mean that you are an addict. It only becomes a real disorder when it begins to seriously interfere with healthy functioning in your daily life. As with the case in all addictions, they influence the brain – both in the connections between the cells and in the brain areas that control attention, executive control, and emotional processing.
Is this A Mental Disorder?
The symptoms of Digital Addict Disorder may resemble impulse-control disorders or even obsessive-compulsive disorders. However, as in the case of any other addiction, this disorder can completely take over the addict’s life. A digital addict person keeps on excusing themselves from their regular activities with some old and new ideas (excuses) and feels relaxed “being connected” digitally.
The estimates done in a survey, have noted alarming prevalence rates, which is even higher in Asia where 30 % or more of the population are experiencing problematic internet use. Though not yet officially recognized as a mental disorder, it is becoming a significant health threat.
We can observe in any social or family gathering that, many people feel much more comfortable on their smartphones in comparison to make real-life human interactions.
The time devoted to cyber-relationships comes at an expense of time spent with real people in their lives. In connecting with a virtual fantasy world, they have replaced the complexities and richness of real-life human connections.
Children Becoming Early Addicts
Studies have shown that children using technology has greatly increased over the past one decades. Children as young as one year of age are using technology, such as tablets, iPhones, and laptops. Although these devices can be a good learning tool as it teaches children how to use these technologies, it can also harm them in various ways.
Researchers have found that spending so much time on these devices can cause or contribute to child obesity. Moreover, children in the future may experience having poorer muscle tone, eyesight, emotionless etc because of being hunched over while using the devices.
Digital Addiction Fallout
Addicts may become restless, moody, anxious, depressed or irritable if blocked from their digital activities. They may suffer from physical symptoms such as upset stomach, headaches, eating disorders, backaches, poor personal hygiene, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, neck pain, dry eyes and other vision problems along with sleep disturbances.
With increased time spent in front of the screen, children spend less time playing sports, exercising or participating in other activities, such as reading or engaging with other children. This is not only having a physical effect, but it also is affecting the children’s social development.
Face-to-face interactions are highly crucial in a child’s development so that they can learn social and communication skills but increased technology time limits this and can impede learning. Because of the technological age that children are growing up in, this is becoming an increasing problem due to its accessibility to children but taking away digital devices would also have a detrimental effect. This is the time to think and plan to use the technology in a productive way