Indian Hospital Treats World's First Netflix Addict
Are you still watching?
An unemployed 26-year-old man is currently being treated by the Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India for the first recorded case of Netflix addiction. He was opening Netflix first thing in the morning and binge-watching shows for most of the day for around 6 months, according to The Hindu.
Like many addictions, his day-long Netflix binges allowed him to briefly escape his own reality and forget his personal problems. It pained him to see how well his peers were doing, especially compared to his own failures, and pressure from his family only made things worse.
“Whenever his family pressurised him to earn a living, or when he saw his friends doing well, he would watch the shows on offer continuously. It was a method of escapism. He could forget about his problems, and he derived immense pleasure from it,” said Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma, a professor of clinical psychology who heads the SHUT clinic.
The more he watched, the more he lost control of his habits. In addition to affecting his mental state, the addiction took a marked toll on his physical health. He suffered from eye strain, exhaustion, and developed an erratic sleeping pattern that only made things worse.
Now that he's checked himself into the clinic, the patient is on a new regimen of therapy, relaxation breathing exercises, and career counseling at SHUT.
How long was your worst Netflix binge? Have you ever caught yourself developing signs of a technology addiction? If so, how did you shake it?