In the modern world, smartphones have become an integral part of our lives, particularly among young people (Representational image: Getty Images)
In the modern world, smartphones have become an integral part of our lives, particularly among young people, such as students. Dharam Kruthi Reddy, an Xl grade student points out, "They've replaced books and memory. We're becoming too reliant on technology."
While smartphones offer convenience and efficiency, they're taking a toll on our physical and mental health, leading to declining academic performance and disinterest in studies.
Dr. Harjeet Thapar says "Excessive gadget use, irregular routines, and social media distractions harm students." She calls for restrictions on screen time, increased physical education, and a balanced lifestyle."
It's not unusual to see academically gifted students struggling due to technology overexposure. Social media's negative influence has led to issues like smoking and substance abuse among the youth.
According to psychologist Alizeh Virani, "Humans are slaves of habits. Children are introduced to gadgets at a very young age nowadays. The challenge lies in creating healthy habits. She notes that "COVID has emphasized the importance of physical activity for a healthy immune system."
One concerned parent, Puneet Singh, notes that excess technology use can harm internal organs due to radiation from WiFi and cellular devices.
To address these issues, we need intervention with cooperation from the government, schools, and parents. This includes limiting social media access, regulating internet content, and ensuring physical education in schools. Government institutions must enforce guidelines. Parents should actively promote a balanced lifestyle. Media must share success stories.
Prabhakar, the club administrator, noted a shift in family activities as swimming is now available all day, with more seniors participating. Swimming class attendance dropped, and the club's restaurants thrive during live cricket matches. Only a few badminton courts are open, two table tennis tables used sporadically, and the cricket and football grounds frequently stay empty.
A first-year medical student, Uchit Singh, advises that "maintaining focus and commitment to regular exercise can help combat distractions and maintain physical health in the digital age."
In the digital era, technology can either benefit or harm us. It's crucial for every Indian citizen to prioritize mental and physical health while using technology wisely. There was a time when the world used to turn East for human empowerment, social well-being, and spiritualism. It is time for the Indian youth to reclaim the past glory.
This article is authored by by Gurnoor Kaur Thapar