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Alert: Addiction to social media is as dangerous as alcohol-smoking, children’s brain is shrinking, depression patients also increase

Be it watching reels-videos or keeping in touch with friends, social media has become an integral part of our lives in today’s time. According to the data, people aged 13-47 spend an average of 3-4 hours a day on social media. Health experts have been considering this habit as very harmful for health in many cases, especially in children, this increasing addiction can be very serious.

Some reports are claiming that social media addiction is affecting the mental development of children and increasing depression, anxiety and negative emotions in them. Health experts say, it is as harmful an addiction as alcohol-smoking, it needs serious attention for people of all ages.

In view of the increasing social media addiction among children and its side effects, a school in America has filed a case on several social media platforms. The school has said in the complaint letter that these companies have systematically victimized children. It has become a habit in children, due to which many types of physical and mental side effects are being seen.

The school filed a case on social media platforms

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A New York Times report According to America’s Seattle Public School has filed a case against many social media companies, calling social media ‘mental health crises’. It has been said in the complaint- Social media is becoming a major obstacle in the mental development of children.

Children are not interested in studies and strange changes are also being seen in their behavior. Kids do misbehavior, attitude has become obstinate and it is also affecting their mental development with age. Who will take responsibility for this? The cases of stress-anxiety and depression in children are also increasing rapidly because of this.

Feeling of hopelessness is increasing in children

In its complaint, the school said, between 2009 and 2019, there has been a 30 per cent increase in the number of children who continue to feel depressed and discouraged. These companies broadcast content that specifically appeals to children, which increases their watch time, but otherwise it is taking the form of addiction in children, which is having a negative effect on mental health.

The school has said in the case, in view of the unusual behavioral changes seen in the children, we have had to revise our curriculum, in which the ill-effects of social media have also been included as a subject.

study on mental health

According to the Pew Research Center, 69% of adults and 81% of teens in the US use social media. Most of the time of these people is spent on social media only. Due to which the number of people in hospitals feeling anxious, sad or sick is increasing. A 2015 Common Sense survey found that teens are spending up to nine hours a day searching online.

In the year 2017 study Canadian researchers found that students who use social media for more than two hours per day may be at higher risk of mental health disorders, especially anxiety-depression. Excessive use of social media is also shrinking the brain of children.

What do psychiatrists say?

Senior in conversation with Amar Ujala about this Psychiatrist Dr. Satyakant Trivedi It is said that the increasing addiction of social media in children is as harmful as alcohol and smoking. It is not only affecting the mental development, but due to this the patients of depression are also increasing at an early age. Abnormal behavior changes are being seen in children, complaints like irritability-anger, sadness, loss of interest in work are increasing in children.

Apart from this, due to excessive use of social media / mobile, sleep is also getting affected. Children are not getting enough sleep due to which depression and memory related disorders are on the rise.

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