Vijayawada

‘Excessive use of gadgets leads to health problems’

He is candid in his words. As chief of the Counselling Psychologists Association he does not want to mince words. Meet Dr. T.S. Rao who has genuine concerns over the future of the youth.

“Students, hanging out with smartphones, tablets, notebooks and laptops and spending most of their time on social media, are in deep trouble. They will be victims of acute health and mental problems,” he points out

Mr. Rao said present-day teenagers were diagnosed with various disorders because of their regular use of gadgets and parents should observe their wards’ behaviour and control them. “Some are so hooked to the gadgets that they even forget to eat or bathe. Getting glued to the laptops and smartphones in the nights has become the order of the day. They (students) have become slaves to the machines”.

Speaking at a programme on ‘Teenagers and Psychological Disorders’ here on Saturday, Dr. Rao said that students should maintain robust mental health and acquire positive thinking to excel in academics. “Overdependence on machines is driving them away from reality. They (the students) are in constant conflict with parents, teachers and their peer groups owing to tremulous mental faculty,” he said.

He said teenage love was nothing but infatuation. “The teenagers should not spoil by their lives in the name of love. The indulgence would lead them no where and it forces youngsters to resort to suicides, he said, the packed hall, with around 150 students from various colleges.

Noted physician Dr. G. Samaram appealed to students use the gadgets cautiously and keep the social media at an arms length. “The proper decisions taken in the teenage decide the future of a person. Students should have proper planning during teenage to realise their dreams,” he cautioned. Later, several doctors, led by Dr. G. Maru, clarified the doubts raised by students.



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