Screen Dependency Disorder

Gen Z and Gen Alpha might just have to take a step back from all the internet usage

We have all been that someone who at a certain timeline have been obsessed with our mobiles or the internet itself, but we all know that one kid who’s just too involved with the world online than that of the outside. According to the latest reports, Gen Z and Gen Alpha might just have to take a step back from excessive internet usage for the safety of their brain.

Yup! latest reports state that kids who spend too much time on the internet may develop Screen Dependancy Disorder (SDD) and kids this is a real thing. SDD is harmful to your mental and physical health, this is especially common for little kids ages from 1-5 where kids are introduced to online media as a means of distraction, one of the reasons why this Disorder is not commonly known is because this disease has become a common clod that people at times do not even notice it until it is too severe.

The symptoms of Screen Dependency Disorder are:

  • Weight gain/loss
  • Insomnia 
  • Headaches
  • Poor Nutrition
  • Eyesight problem

And these are some of the problems that are physical, the emotional effect the Disorder causes is too severe and needs to be dealt with utter seriousness, here are a few of the emotional effects the disorder has:

  • Anxiety
  • Guilt
  • Dishonesty
  • Mood swings
  • Self-isolation
  • Loneliness

A few remedies should be applied to our and the child’s daily lives such as limiting the use of the internet for kids above 2, and kids below 2 should not be allowed the use of internet but should be given the old traditional toys to keep them company, there may be many behavioural changes that may come about to this, but it is for the betterment of the child. It is a relatively new disorder so one should not get too ahead of themselves, the internet is a useful tool that helps educate the child in communication and other aspects but too much consumption may result as harmful.