NEW DELHI: Studies suggest that the COVID pandemic and subsequent restrictions may impact the mental well being of adolescents in form of anxiety, depression, and technology addiction.
National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) started a clinic called the Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) to help deal with social media and technology addiction.
Dr Manoj Kumar Sharma, a clinical psychologist at SHUT, said that the lockdown increased tech addiction and those who have undergone rehabilitation have also relapsed.
Dr Manoj said that he is getting calls from both adults and adolescents regarding this issue and the reasons they cite include boredom, free time, peer pressure, and no activity.
Technological addiction leads to mental and biological distress like impaired sleep and appetite loss.
The lockdown has increased the screen time for the child by about 45%, according to a study conducted by Child Rights and You (CRY), an Indian NGO working for child rights.