Thomas Scaria host a webinar on Smartphone addiction

Thomas Scaria - 7 August 2020, an Online Counselling Portal under the Ecolink Institute of Well-being organized a webinar on Smartphone and Internet addiction among youth recently. 

Several youth representatives, psychologists and counselors from all over India on June 21 participated in a virtual discussion on “Smartphone and internet addiction” organized by and the Mangaluru-unit of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement, (ICYM).

Prabhakar Shetty, an education consultant and a senior counselor who addressed the webinar pointed out that mobile addiction has increased tremendously after the country went into a lockdown from the midnight of March 24 to control Covid 19 pandemic.

Shetty, who is specialized in Smartphone addiction counseling attached to, said mobile addiction has become a new concern for all age groups in society, similar to alcoholism or drug abuse. The Smartphone addiction also exhibits same withdrawal syndromes such as aggressive behavior, depression, anxiety disorders, sleeplessness, and several health issues. He quoted several examples of behavioral disorders among youth because of virtual world addiction. 

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