Balancing Key to Mitigate Binge Streaming Health Costs: Experts
With the Covid-induced lockdowns over the past two years and the ensuing work-from-home scenario, it has become easier for him to pass his time. Without even realizing it, he quickly became addicted to OTT content. He would watch and finish any show the same day it came out.
He did this without sleeping, which then affected his functioning the next day. But he ignored it and got by without sleeping. And it eventually became a habit – about two to three times a week. The pattern of sleep loss continued for several months.
He slowly started to develop insomnia – a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep – and also started having anxiety-related issues. His work performance took a toll and he lost all social contact because he spent more time indoors.
Rahul is a typical example of people’s condition after becoming addicted to online streaming.
Overwatching, where people stay glued to their seats for long hours, often ends in mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, fatigue, poor attention and difficulties concentration, forgetfulness and body aches.
They also tend to develop poor eating habits and have weight-related issues, which can escalate into cardiometabolic diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, insulin resistance, and fatty liver disease. alcoholic. Excessive observation can also lead to conflicts between family members, friends; affect work and studies.
According to Samir Parikh, Director, Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare, although the addiction caused by overeating and the resulting consequences have not yet been classified as a behavioral disorder, they are a major concern.
“You spend many hours sitting or lying down. You spend many hours on a digital interface. It takes you away from social engagement, any other work you needed to do, or physical activity you might have been doing or do something that you otherwise enjoy doing. And so many hours go by without you realizing it,” Parikh told IANS.
What does it mean to be addicted to online streaming? It’s similar to online gaming addiction, Parikh said.
“It means that you spend several hours doing an activity and you are not able to stop. When you don’t do it, you feel restless and it affects your quality of life because social, professional and personal life starts to get worse negatively from time spent binge-watching,” Parikh explained.
Online streaming services, which have established themselves since 2018, were making slow but good inroads into India’s entertainment industry. But the two-year pandemic has accelerated its adoption by the masses. Because people couldn’t go out during the Covid period, they became more and more dependent on OTT platforms. He fought boredom and loneliness, and also helped people relax.
As entertainment on OTT and other forms of social media helped people stay connected, over-watching has become the norm in many homes, especially among young people, affecting their lives.
“People also depended on it as a way to distract themselves from what was really going on in the world, so it became a faulty coping mechanism for coping with problems.
Youths and adults have been found to have increased use of telephone and social media, leading to homework neglect,” Sruthi Annie Vincent, Clinical Psychologist, Department of Clinical Psychology, Amrita Hospital, told IANS. Kochi.
Academic work and homework were seen as lagging behind among students and young people. Cases of rage and aggression among teenagers have also been reported when they were blocked from using OTT platforms; and among adults, work-related responsibilities and commitments were seen as lagging behind, leading to increased stress.
Vincent noted that research evidence indicates that increased anger and aggression are prevalent in people who tend to binge on watches.
This was stipulated as being the result of their personality; studies also indicate that binge watchers are likely to lack self-control, are impulsive, and generally avoid solving problems.
Other behavioral changes include “increased dependence on caffeinated beverages and sometimes substances such as alcohol and nicotine.
Changes in socialization and interpersonal relationships are also likely because when people start gorging on watches, they tend to avoid any form of interaction with the outside world.”
“Relationships can then turn sour, giving way to more interpersonal conflict between couples, parents, siblings or even co-workers,” Vincent said.
So the key would be to strike a balance, Parikh said.
“You have to understand in addition to gorging on something, you have to do physical activity, indulge in social engagement, do other things and tasks, etc.
It balances things out. But if you spend several hours a day doing just one thing, that’s where the balance gets affected,” Parikh said.