Rouf A Roshangar SrinagarJanuary 19, 2019UPDATED: January 19, 2019 08:39 IST Part of the problem lies in the growing consumerism where an expensive smartphone trumps education. (Photo: Rouf A Roshangar)HIGHLIGHTSA Medecins Sans Frontieres survey says almost 45 per cent of the total population living under mental stressGrowing number of below-10 who are becoming hooked to their smartphones, is worrying doctorsWithout sufficient recreational options in the Valley, youth spend time scrolling their smartphonesMomin, a 15-year-old is a Class 9 student is suffering from anxiety. Psychiatrists at the local hospital have advised his parents to keep him away from smartphones and social media.Excessive use of social media and the continuous use of smartphones have made Kashmiri youths susceptible to mental disorders and stress. More and more young people are suffering from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, according to mental health professionals.Just a few years back Momin was excellent in studies and doing well in sports too. Now he’s not interested in studies and rarely goes out to play. He spends all his time staring at his smartphone, Momin’s worried father says.Kashmir Valley is not immune to mental stress. A survey conducted by Medecins Sans Frontieres in collaboration with local mental health professionals found almost 45 per cent of the total population living under mental stress, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD).What is keeping medical professionals worried in Kashmir is the growing number of young people, and especially those below 10, who are becoming hooked to their smartphones.Due to certain reasons people in Kashmir are living under mental stress and anxiety; smartphones have added to this scourge, especially among teens and children, says Dr Nisar ul Hassan, president, Doctors Association Kashmir.Research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that the more time you spend on social media, the more likely you are to be depressed. Participants who checked social media more frequently were 2.7 times more likely to be depressed than those who checked less frequently,” Dr Hassan says.advertisementGiving an example, Dr Hassan says that when a youth uploads a photo of his on social media and receives negative comments, he becomes depressed. This is just the beginning of a downward spiral towards serious mental health issues.Without sufficient recreational options in the Valley, for the young smartphones become the only outlet spending hours scrolling it. Children are becoming rebellious, not getting enough sleep staring at their phones even when in bed.Social media is influencing the academic performance of students negatively as it distracts students from their studies. I caught many students in my class who bring smartphones along with them, hardly concentrating on studies, playing online games, chatting with friends even during important lectures, says Samina, a teacher, who has been teaching senior school for nearly a decade.Weather and political conditions both contribute to this malaise. Kashmir has no recreational or entertainment avenues. Shutdowns and curfews during the summer months force the young inside. Winter months are no better with the harsh weather keeping the youth are cooped up inside their homes.Social activist blames parents for their wards choosing online games to outdoor games. Unfortunately parents do yet not understand the importance of outdoor sports for kids. Instead of getting their kids to play outdoor sports like football, cricket or even indoor games, parents are facilitating the use of gadgets, he says.Srinagar-based psychiatrist Dr Arif Maghribi Khan says part of the problem lies in the growing consumerism where an expensive smartphone trumps education.Instead of investing trust in their personalities and qualifications, they feel that gadgets will fetch them respect; and if they are taken away from these gadgets especially by parents, an emotional vacuum overwhelms them, Dr Khan says.Aggression and behavioural issues, memory problems, disturbed sleep cycle…at the root of all these are the excessive use of smartphones and social media. And mental health professionals are warning of a ticking bomb.ALSO READ | Children caught in conflict: Kashmir’s untold storyALSO WATCH | Kashmir’s children worst affected from unrest, education suffersFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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President Maithripala Sirisena has suspended the Withholding Tax imposed on the sale of teledramas.The President’s media division said that President Maithripala Sirisena had advised Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera to withdraw the tax and inform the relevant institutions. The President further said that, if there is any obstacles for the progress of the field of art, including the local cinema industry and the field of the tele dramas due to the new Tax policy, he will take action to provide relief to those issues after consulting the relevant institutions. He made these remarks during a meeting held with the representatives of the Associations of cinema and tele dramas, at the Presidential Secretariat. The representatives apprised the President in detail regarding the issues faced by them due to the Government’s new tax policy.Ministers Mangala Samaraweera, Wijeydasa Rajapaksha, Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiywanna, Secretary of Ministry of Higher Education J.J.Rathnasiri, and other officials and Somaratne Dissanayake, Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, Nalan Mendis, Attorney – at – Law Douglas Siriwardana, Deepani Silva, Chandani Seneviratne, Inoka Sathyangani, and other veteran artistes were present at the talks. (Colombo Gazette)
ONE MAN IS dead and another is seriously injured after a stabbing incident in Shankill in south Dublin in the early hours of this morning. The two men in their late 20s were found with serious stab injuries on the road at Rathsallagh Park at around 5.30am. They were taken to St Vincent’s Hospital where one of them was pronounced dead shortly after 8am this morning. The second man remains in a serious condition in hospital. Gardaí say that the scene has been preserved for a technical examination and have appealed for witnesses who may have been in or around the Rathsallagh Park area to contact them. Gardaí can be reached at Shankill on 01 666 5900, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.