Gadget Addiction – A New Lifestyle Disease

It would not be far-fetched to say that the only way the denizens of the world are getting through the lockdown imposed by their governments is through the near constant use of their gadgets. Gadgets are now an irreplaceable part of our lifestyle. So much so that we suffer from withdrawals when forced to part from them.

According to the American Psychological Association, addiction is a chronic disorder with biological, psychological, social and environmental factors influencing its development and maintenance. In line with this definition, the above referenced state would clearly fall under Gadget Addiction.

Such behaviour is not confined to a single age group or strata of society. Gadget addiction is pervasive - from young children refusing to eat without watching videos on a device, to youngsters who are submerged in a mountain of information, and even the elderly spending hours reading WhatsApp forwards. Such addictions have far-reaching consequences that are not limited to health concerns and a loss of productivity.

Though people have access to powerful tools of communication, the knack of conveying relevant information seems to have been lost. The art of conversation and building relationships, something that was once second nature to most, has dwindled into a near extinct form practiced only by a few.