Psychiatrists warn of the detrimental impact of screen dependency disorder (SDD) on normal growth and behavior among children in India.
Amid rapid technological advancements, a significant concern has emerged in India as doctors and psychiatrists reveal that approximately 30% of children in the country are grappling with digital addiction. This addiction, termed screen dependency disorder (SDD), encompasses a range of addictive behaviors associated with gaming, social media, online shopping, and even selfie obsession. Leading psychiatrist Dr. Avinash Desousa explains that smartphones play a pivotal role in this phenomenon, as they provide a sense of connection and control for children, rendering face-to-face conversations seemingly obsolete.
Screen Dependency Disorder (SDD) Impacts Children’s Development and Behavior
The repercussions of screen dependency disorder (SDD) are far-reaching, affecting the normal growth and behavior of children in India. According to Dr. Avinash Desousa, children perceive smartphones as an escape from loneliness, with captivating graphics and visualizations on the internet playing a significant role. Consequently, this addiction not only impacts daily activities like eating, playing, and socializing but also leads to behavioral and developmental changes, such as a decline in academic performance, disturbed sleep cycles, and a loss of interest in other essential activities.
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) establishes dedicated center to assist children affected by screen dependency disorder (SDD).
Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru has taken proactive steps to address the rising issue of digital addiction among children. They have established a dedicated center called Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) to provide assistance and support to affected children and their families. Experts at NIMHANS highlight the adverse effects of excessive internet use, including disrupted dietary habits, physical inactivity, and various medical outcomes like chronic insomnia.