Kashmiri children addiction to internet worrisome, says experts

Kashmiri children addiction to internet worrisome, says experts


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Srinagar, Dec 16: Mobile phones, which were originally designed for communication purposes are currently being abused for a variety of ways. Playing internet games has become a frequent tendency among the kids in this digital era.



Experts believe that rather than seeing technological advancements as a blessing for improving one’s intellectual ability, young people have come to regard cell phones as nothing more than a game play gadget.


They said youth in Kashmir are spending most of their time on phones playing PUBG games which they regard as mood lifters but spending more time on social media is becoming internet addiction which is causing more harm than the momentary respite.


Dr Rizwan a social activist from south Kashmir told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that Kashmiri kids are addicted to online games like PUBG besides spending time on fantasy sports manager application Dream 11 and in last two years on excuse of online classes they spend more time on phones.


“I have seen young kids on daily basis asking their parents to provide them Rs 50 to 100 for internet pack for online classes. But they spent the money on online games,” he said.


Rizwan said that internet addiction mainly includes playing online games which has become a threat to our society and it might damage our young generation if not addressed quickly.


Parents from different areas of Kashmir also told KNO that their children were good at studies and were using their spare time in playing outdoor games but after Covid-19 restrictions, online classes have made our children smartphone addicts.


“My son hardly goes out for outdoor games since Covid-19 lockdown last year and he spends most of his time on the phone on excuse of giving online classes and sometimes downloading material,” Haseena, a parent from Anantnag said. (KNO)