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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Struggle & Learn


The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.
– Pierre de Coubertin

I was in my school the other day when a parent approached me for a `big favour’: she wanted her son studying in the eighth standard to be given the permission to travel by the school bus! We ask the children to use bicycles to reach the school from the seventh standard onwards. The parent had a very justifiable reason for asking this favour: the road traffic is bad and too risky to use bicycle! She was afraid to allow her son to step on the road after seven years of a protected travel in the school bus.

I asked her to teach her son difficult things in life accepting all the risks that go with it. I asked her to make her son to struggle to reach the school and allow him enjoy all the struggle that everyday life offers. Just imagine the struggle our forefathers went through to travel, to communicate, to write, to scale mountains and to do many ordinary things which are very easy today. Perhaps we have made all these things very easy to our children.

One reason why our children do not appreciate the value of what they have may be that they did not struggle to get what they have. May be they got it too easily. May be they were offered all the comforts. Psychologists say that we enjoy those things which we get after a long struggle.

In struggle we learn, and in triumph we enjoy. Learning is more important than enjoying.

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