Letters to the editor: Excessive usage of Internet

It is true that with the advent of Internet device/technology, our modern-day society has come closer, new horizons of knowledge have opened up and communication between people has become easier and faster. Facts reveal that the use of Internet by social media lovers, more especially the younger generation, over the years, has steadily gone up.

This has made educators and parents worried so much that they are looking at ways to control this growing menace. Sociologists maintain that man is a social animal. It is important for both mental and physical health that he interacts and communicates with other human beings in real terms. Excessive use of Internet has led our young generation to suffer loss in cultural and social relations.

Though Internet is providing connectivity, but its results are either less promising or weak because real relationships can’t be built on virtual chats and communications only. Most of them usually come out fake which may lead to sadness or depression later.

A major disadvantage of Internet about which usually parents are more concerned is children’s habit of being glued to computer/mobile screens for hours. This causes the eye muscles to become weak and that is why we see young children wearing glasses comparatively at a very early age nowadays. Psychiatrists believe that using Internet for prolonged hours causes depression and mental stress in youngsters and gives rise to other mental diseases, like despair, sadness, addiction etc. Thus, they become anti-social and get angry easily. It must not be forgotten that real happiness lies within the real world and not in an Internet-oriented virtual life.

Scientists have discovered signs of toxic matter in the brains of heavy Internet users that could grow overly worse over a period and affect their concentration and memory, as well as their ability to make independent decisions and set goals. It could also reduce their resilience and lead to ‘inappropriate’ behaviour.

The inept use of Internet keeps increasing every day. That is why attention must be paid to its bad effects and its users must be informed about all this. Seminars, workshops, conferences and parent-pupil meetings need to be organised from time to time to discuss and highlight the disadvantages of the excessive use of Internet. Everything has both good and bad aspects, it is we who choose which side to go. So, choose we must wisely and make Internet our good tool and companion. Man has made technology and its use is in our hands. Don’t let it become our master. What is advisable is that we use Internet to extract good from it. Let the disadvantages of Internet not overcome its good purpose.

Dr Shiben Krishen Raina
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Take pledge to remain obesity-free

Muscat Daily, April 2, page 4

This refers to the Your Say section on ‘Health concerns in Oman’. Obesity is a universal health problem.

Being overweight or obese can lead to high blood pressure and related complications like heart attack, kidney failure... etc.

Everyone should take pledge to remain obesity-free.

Anoop M G
Via email

Exercise best way to stay fit and healthy

I completely disagree when people say that the weather makes them sedentary. There are air conditioners in every house today. And so, one can exercise indoors daily for just an hour a day to stay fit. I keep telling people to set aside some time daily, may be around 30 minutes for walks in the evenings.

Saif al Saadi
Via email

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