How can one detect a social media addict? Well according to Varghese Mathew, clinical psychiatrist-in-training, it’s when the addiction affects everyday behaviour. It’s when the person becomes more comfortable being online than playing outside or hanging out with others of his or her own age.
“All of us use the Internet to WhatsApp or log on to social media almost every day. The way we assess if it’s a problem is when it impacts normal, everyday interactions,” Mathew explains. “Are you shirking work or bunking classes to stay online?”
The clinic has treated more than 250 people. Patients were trained to be more in control of their urge to consult their social media accounts and how to fill that void with more fulfilling activities like hobbies, taking classes and exploring other interests.