The Smartphone addiction has got all hooked. With millions of apps catering to your different needs, smileys, emoticons and memes instead of relying on words to express what you feel and getting to know the whole world at one tap, you feel severely addicted to your Smartphone. But, is that a healthy sign? On introspection, you will probably find that you spend more time over the virtual domain through the social networking sites rather than having a heart-to-heart with your family and friends.

Of late, smartphones are being held responsible for causing depression as a result of increased isolation.

Let’s find out whether the theory is well propounded or not.

1. One of the major signs of depression is lack of adequate sleep. Sticking to your smartphone till the wee hours of the morning affects your level of concentration, resulting in anxiety and a bad temper.

2. When you spend a lot of time on the gadgets, you slowly compromise on your thinking capacity. You take everything internet serves you as granted without clarifying. With every piece of information available on the internet, there is nothing left for you to imagine or create.

3. Addiction to social networking sites is taking away all your creative potentials; and on one fine day, when you discover this, you might feel increasingly disillusioned, resulting in depression.

4. One of the worst causes of depression is cyber bullying. The virtual world might welcome you with all kinds of threats and humiliation and this happens majorly on the social networking sites. As a result, you feel your self-confidence is at stake, resulting in severely low self-esteem and subsequent depression.

5. Abandoning your smartphone completely is utopian, because they serve needful purposes as well. But, what you can do is limit the time you spend on the device and replace it with something creative. Otherwise, it might not be too late before you start silently sliding into depression.

by Dr. Vasavi Samyukta Sunki, Psychologist

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Hard to believe……..Not many people know about it !

Some other facts (that mainstream media will never tell you) about this “terrible dictator and blood sucking monster” Gaddafi who “terrorizes” his own people:

– Credits to Libyan citizens were given with NO interest. Almost all loans eventually get converted to grants

– Students would get paid the average salary for the profession they were studying.

– If you’d be unable to get employment, the State would pay them full salary as if they were employed.

– When you got married, the couple would get an apartment or house for free.

– You could go to college anywhere in the world. The state paid 2,500 Euros plus for your accommodation and a car.

– Cars in Libya were sold at factory price with no government taxes.

– Libya does not owe money, (NOT a cent) to anyone. No credits.

– Free Education and Health care.

– 25% of the population with university degree.

– No beggers on the streets and no homeless (until recent bombing).

– 20 loaves of bread cost $0.15.

– And many more !

No wonder the US and other capitalist countries do not like Libya.

Gaddafi would not consent to taking the IMF or World Bank credits at high interest rates. In other words Libya was INDEPENDENT!

That is the real reason for war in Libya!

Mostly everyone is happy with Gaddafi and those who are not (right now) due to Western influence, will wake up to a grim reality once the western style democracy comes to power!!!

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Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated.

Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture. Their patience is admirable and praiseworthy.

The incredible architects, for instance. Buildings swayed but didnt fall.

4. THE GRACE (Selflessness)
People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something.

No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding.

Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid?

Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak.

The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that.

They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage. Most of all NO POLITICIANS TRYING TO GET CHEAP MILEAGE.

When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly.

With their country in the midst of a colossal disaster – The Japanese citizens can teach plenty of lessons to the world.

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