The first case of Netflix addiction has been diagnosed in Indian, and has since been moved into a clinic.
We all love watching our fair share of Netflix, whether it is binge watching Narcos, House of Cards or Friends, we all have those days when you don’t move off the sofa and end up watch season after season of our favorite show. There’s always that annoying moment when you might have to move slightly to just press the button to let Netflix you are still there watching.
According to the report in Newspaper, the Hindu, doctors said that the currently unnamed 26 years old man had binge watched over seven hours every day, for more than six months. Let me do the math for you, that is over 1,260 hours of sitting and watching the platform.
Doctors told the newspaper how the patient had sustained a variety of severe symptoms, including fatigue, disturbed sleeping patters and eye strains.
As a result of self-diagnosis, the patient walked himself into the Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bengaluru to help find the best treatment for his addiction.
Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma revealed to the Hindu that the man had recently lost his job and had turned to Netflix to block out reality. He said: “The man watched Netflix when his family pressured him to earn a living, or when he saw his friends doing well. It was a method of escapism. He could forget about his problems, and he derived immense pleasure from it.”
Earlier this year, the UK’s NHS had announced that gaming addiction was to be officially recognized as a mental disorder, with the World Health Organisation listing ‘gaming disorder’ in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) for the first time. Could Netflix soon become an issue?
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