How UAE residents managed life without WhatsApp and Facebook.
Ashwani Kumar | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-10-06 | Last updated on 2021-10-06 01:24:44
When WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook went down in a global outage, residents rediscovered the joy of having face-to-face chats with loved ones - a rarity in many homes these days.
Dr Shaju George, psychiatrist at Medeor Hospital Dubai, noted that people, including kids, have become digitally addicted.
"In today's world, most of us who are using gadgets and the Internet are addicted to some extent, whether it's mild, moderate, or severe. Kids, in particular, have been glued to gadgets during this pandemic where they were forced to sit indoors and attend only online classes."
Dr George said people tend to ignore physical and mental issues as a result of the addiction.
"When someone is addicted to [social media], their priorities change. Gadgets and the Internet become top priority and he or she starts ignoring all other responsibilities. It results in problems in a person's personal, academic, professional and family domains. It causes multiple physical and emotional problems, like aches and pains, dry eyes, back and neck pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, obesity and all other lifestyle diseases."
Dr George stressed that a digital detox is a must "but not like cold turkey" as in the case of yesterday's outage. "It was an eye-opener for all of us on the menace of gadget addiction."