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Negative mental and physical effects of gadgets
Published on: Thursday, September 07, 2023
By: Clarence Dol
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According to Dr Eva, as a result of playing in an uncontrolled time, it is also harmful to the extent that it interferes with sleep and rest directly causing the days ahead to be unproductive due to tiredness and sleepiness. - Bernama pic for illustration only
RANAU: Addiction to gadgets among the community, especially the young generation, can cause negative mental and physical effects if not curbed immediately.

Ranau Hospital Director, Dr Eva Candra Susanti Bt Suhaili, said significant negative effects could be seen in the form of a person’s physical health which deteriorates over time.

“Physical health aspects such as impaired vision which is closely related to the risk of farsightedness occur among those who spend a long time in front of the screen.

“In addition, they are also more likely to stay at home to play with gadgets than go out for leisure. This can cause obesity, lethargy and not being fit,” she said.



According to Dr Eva, as a result of playing in an uncontrolled time, it is also harmful to the extent that it interferes with sleep and rest directly causing the days ahead to be unproductive due to tiredness and sleepiness.

She said mental health is also a concern because there are many violent video games played by those who are addicted to gadgets.

“So bad is the effect of this aspect that there are incidents teenagers are influenced by the game and act to do the same thing in the real world.

“Children who are already addicted also show signs of extreme reactions if they are stopped from using gadgets such as protesting, shouting, hitting and so on,” she said.

Dr Eva gave some important advice to parents, young people and the community about this issue so that it can be curbed before it is too late.

“Don’t get used to handing out gadgets to children from a young age because it will become a practice and habit that will be carried into old age.

“Parents or guardians must monitor the applications downloaded or videos watched by children, especially through YouTube because there are also many negative elements found through the site.

“Need to limit time with gadgets. Organise the children’s meal times, sleep times, leisure time and study time so that they don’t constantly play with gadgets,” she said.

Dr Eva also suggested that parents or guardians take their children for a walk outside to reduce time spent with gadgets or wifi, as well as strengthen family relationships.





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