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Millennials’ Internet overindulgence exposing them to multiple risks: Dr Neha Bhave Salankar

Dr Neha Bhave Salankar

Dr Neha Bhave Salankar is an MD in Psychiatry, who works as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Nagpur. Read what Neha has to say about the excessive usage of Internet by the millennials and the risks associated with it…

The Internet arrived with a bang in the early 1990s and is here to stay. The number of Internet users have exploded from nearly 16 million users in 1995 to more than 4000 million in 2019. No other technology in the history of humans has witnessed such rapid adaptation be it telephones, radio or television. The Millennials have never known a life without Internet and are engrossed in creating an online identity and effectively creating a double life. In my debut article, I chose to elaborate the risk aspect of unrestrained internet use as it is something applicable to everyone without a bar of age, gender, social and financial status.

There are differences in a way a male would use the net versus a female. Girls are more motivated by social reasons ? interaction, shopping, surveillance/ information, while boys are more motivated by eroticism, gaming, etc. Male Internet users are more at risk of Internet addiction (yes, that’s becoming a thing now) owing to more use of sexual contents and also decreased parental supervision in teens as compared to females.

While we all know the immense benefits of Internet, we really ought to give a thought to how it can negatively impact us. Excess Internet use can lead to a lack of creativity, especially in children and adolescents. It might seem ironic that while Internet connects us to virtually millions of people across the globe, in real life it can result in social isolation from family, neighbours and sometimes, even friends.

The physical inactivity from indulging in excess internet ushers far reaching consequences, not to mention immediate issues like eye strain, soreness and stiffness of body and sleep disturbance. Exposure to violence can occur either through videos online or via games and this is more troublesome in adolescents who often tend to replicate such actions in real life.

Apart from these, at times Internet use can just be a massive waste of time! How many times do we go online in search of something and then find ourselves browsing through videos of cute puppies, checking photos of a person whom we knew back in the 3rd grade or window-shopping! Statistics show that an average Facebook user spends whopping 50 minutes a day on FB and checks profile 14 times a day. And the number of WhatsApp users have increased from 700 million in 2015 to 1.2 billion in 2017 (India being the biggest user).

Another emerging problem is with ?body-image? issues. As can be guessed, this is more common in women but men are not exempted either. Streaming media and visiting shopping, fashion, celebrity, and magazine websites, all likely to have an appearance focus and to promulgate thin beauty ideals can lead to widespread body dissatisfaction. How many of us edit photos before uploading them online? Most do. And there are several apps like Photo wonder, facetune, creamcam, skinny camera, which does exactly that ? something that should lead us to think, Is everything we see online real?? Interestingly, Facebook users scored significantly higher on all indicators of body image concern.

Internet gaming is rapidly gaining ground as an addictive entity. Young adults are know to carry out marathon gaming, which can last anywhere between three hours to over 100 hours! It’s not difficult to imagine the condition of a person sitting in front of a screen without sleep or food and only small toilet breaks.

There are also certain dangers of cyber environment. Cyber bullying is type of harassment, which is safer and easier for the perpetrators than physical bullying because there is hardly any regulation or law to control the problems. Privacy disruption as well harassment can be very intimidating. Online predators can contact subjects for extortion or blackmailing, threatening to post explicit images on the Internet. Victims are asked for money or more commonly sexual favours. The painful tale of American teenager Amanda Todd is a prime example of how things can spiral out of control (you can find it online). The permanency of any content online has far reaching consequences.

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We know that these days children also have easy access to Internet. While no person in his right mind will let it happen willingly, but accidents do happen. More gruesome is children viewing pornography. An adult who begins to view porn is a different matter. In a child, it can manifest in a different way, which is more complex, harder to treat. Porn surfing causes a digital rewiring of the childs brain to need novelty, excitement and constant arousal, making them out of sync with traditional classrooms and romantic relationships.

Pornography has an adverse effect on older adolescent boys and young men already at high risk for aggressive behaviour. Impulsivity, hostility towards women, and promiscuity can be the result. Also, as adults they end up having a higher rate of sexual aggression.

I would like to end by addressing a burning question – How much time is too much time on the Internet for kids and teens Guidelines by the American Psychiatric Association state that for children under two years old – no screen time at all. Children between two to 10 years – one hour per supervised time online. For tweens and teens – no more than two hours a day after homework is complete.

I can think of nothing more applicable to this situation than words of John Curran, Eternal vigilance is the price of Liberty? and in today’s age, nothing grants us greater freedom than the limitless world of the Internet, thus requiring greater vigilance than ever.

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Rotary Club of Nagpur Vision’s Padharo Mhare Des concludes successfully

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Rotary Club of Nagpur Vision’s (RCNV) Padharo Mhare Des was held at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur, on September 25, along with Winter fellowship cum Official Club Visit 2022-23 for RCNV. The theme of the fellowship was to showcase rich heritage and culture of different states of India.

The occasion was graced by DG Dr Anand Jhunjhunwala, first lady Monika Jhunjhunwala and AG Kamlesh Chotwani. President Dr Shivani Sule felicitated all the new Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) members for the year 2022-23 with the certificates, for their valuable contribution to The Rotary Foundation by way of becoming Paul Harris Fellow, along with Club Secretary Ritika Singhvi and TRF director Mohit Chaudhary.

On the occasion of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, different states came together to show their culture. It was beautifully showcased. PDG, Dr Satish Sule as Yamraj & Pawan Mangolia as Narad with their performance wooed the audience.

This was made possible because of our competent team leaders Bhagyashree Saoji and Priyanka Sharma (Rajasthan), Rutika Kunawar and Dr Puja Poddar (Team Tamil Nadu), Sonal Singhvi (Team Bengal), Rashmi Shahu (Team Maharashtra), Pramod Batra and Sakshi Sharma (Team Punjab), who in spite of their busy schedules made this possible. The beautifully choregraphed act was a result of hard work done by Richa Bhattad, Sonal Singhvi, Rashmi Shahu and Abhishek Ghatode. Honourable DG performing with Maharashtra state enthralled the audience.

Such flawlessly executed event was possible only because of very efficient team mentored by Project Director Pawan Mangolia and Nitya Agrawal who worked tirelessly on the minutest of details to give a memorable evening. Aesthetic decor by Priya Tatiwar dazzled the event.

Fellowship Project advisor P P Nilesh Panpalia, Project director Nitya Agrawal, Pawan Mangolia and Director Mohit Chaudhary left no stone unturned to make the event a huge success.

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Management conclave held at Symbiosis Institute of Business Management in Nagpur

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Symbiosis Institute of Business Management (SIBM), Nagpur organized management conclave ‘SYMCHARCHA’ on 23rd Sep 2022. This event has been organized by Corp connect team of SIBM Nagpur for sharing knowledge about the latest trends and needs of the industry.

The program started with lighting the lamp by the dignitaries and the address by Director SIBM-Nagpur, Dr Shrirang Altekar.

The program was graced by several senior executives from the industry with names like Shailesh Wadhankar, VP Salesforce, Persistent; Capt. Pranab Prasoon Thakur, head HR, Hindustan Coca Cola Ltd.; Sajesh Jyothiprakash, VP JP Morgan;

Mr. Shailesh Wadhankar while addressing the students, elaborated about change in working pattern post pandemic. He focused on the challenges that the industry is facing in bringing back people to workplace.

Capt. Pranab Prasoon Thakur emphasized on focusing on learning new skills and also on team work. He correlated the army discipline with the success of business. He further elaborated on leading by setting an example. He also shared as how covid taught us that we have to go with the flow sometimes as we don’t have any solution for a situation.

Sajesh Jyothiprakash shared his experience as to how technology plays an important role in today’s environment. He also focused on various investment patterns, market analysis of latest trends etc. He motivated students to develop their skills and focus on their goals.

All the sessions were followed by question and answer by students and faculties to all the dignitaries present.

The day ended with learnings and sharing of experiences.

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September 26, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next

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Nation Next Nagpur Bulletin brings to you a summary of major news events that took place in Nagpur on September 26, 2022.

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