India gets its first official netflix addict, medics confirm case in Bengaluru

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 11, 2018 09:26 hrs
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If cases of addiction to cigarettes, liquor, drugs and even gaming were not sufficient, the latest poison to hit the country is addiction of netflix shows.

A report in The Hindu says, Bengaluru's National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences admitted its first case of Netflix addiction a few days ago.

The victim, a 26 year old had turned to binge-watching Netflix shows instead of focusing his attention on life.

The report quotes Manoj Kumar Sharma, Professor for Clinical psychology at Nimhans saying that watching Netflix seasons made the victim feel good.

Some of the symptoms and observations made by doctors were red eyes and sleep deprivation.

Apparently, doctors said that the adult had been binge-watching shows for 7 hours a day. He loved Netflix so much that he seemed to ignore his financial status and family pressures.

Medical practitioners were reportedly providing relaxation exercises and career counselling to the victim.

While the victim in this case is an adult, educational counsellors and academicians have observed that students, some of them as young as studying in 4th and 5th standard were getting addicted to streaming shows such as Netflix.

Binge-watching unlike cigarette smoking or gaming is yet to be declared a mental disorder, but watching Netflix shows non-stop for 7 hours a day could exacerbate one's mental conditions say medical practitioners. It could deprieve one of sleep, and not to mention eat away time, which could have either been spent in the company of near-dear ones or even cultivating hobbies and interests such as reading books.

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