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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 588-590

Micro- and macro-level economic implications of digital addictions: A case study

1 School of Social Work, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, India
2 School of Social Sciences, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, India
3 Department of Psychosocial Support in Disaster Management, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Dr. Kannappa V Shetty
School of Social Work, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi 110068, Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/mgmj.mgmj_199_22

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Introduction: Technology has significantly transformed how we live our lives. The Internet has made life easier by making knowledge more accessible to all and connecting individuals all over the world. However, it has also caused many people to spend far too much time in front of the computer, to the point that it has become the center of their existence. Materials and Methods: A case of a 20-year-old male student of Bachelor of Engineering, who belongs to the middle socio-economic status of a rural area, is digitally addicted, and getting treated in a tertiary hospital in Karnataka, India. Discussion and conclusion: Digital addiction can cause various psychological issues, particularly anxiety, depression, insomnia, and behavioral issues. It further creates an economic crisis in the family of a digital addict as well as for the nation. Therefore, to address the implications of digital addiction, the country must devote resources towards awareness, prevention, and intervention in the area of digital addiction.

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