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VIRTUAL AUTISM : Mobile generated neuro-psychiatric behaviour disorder: A threat to future generations

By Dr Ruchi jain
Updated: December 8, 2021 2:10 pm

Symptoms of virtual autism being poor eye contact, poor response to name, continuous rhyming of alphabet, numbers, colors and rhymes, poor learning and poor speech because of decreased personal and social interaction. Nowadays, children spend hours on screen without need of food, water and even toilets. Parents find it safe and easy that their child is at home and learning new things with screen but this dependency on screen results in aggressive behaviour, anxiety, restlessness, poor attention, poor concentration, poor learning,  poor sleep, poor tolerance, weak metabolism and constipation and also poor sensory development.

Autism refers to  a neuro developmental disorder characterized in young children where child shows poor learning and poor social interaction.

In past few years kids are exposed to mobiles / TV /screen for more than 2 hours for many reasons like eating, playing, lockdown and even for learning.This early exposure of screen before development of normal language and learning results in behavior similar to autism known as virtual autism.

Symptoms of virtual autism being poor eye contact, poor response to name, continuous rhyming of alphabet, numbers,colors and rhymes but have poor learning and poor speech as personal and poor social interaction.

Nowadays children spend hours on screen without need of food water and even toilets . Parents find it safe and easy that their child is at home and learning new things with screen BUT this dependency on screen results in aggressive behaviour, anxiety, restlessness, poor attention, poor concentration, poor learning,  poor sleep, poor tolerance ,weak metabolism and constipation and also poor motor and sensory development.

Virtual means not real . World of mobile and TV is known as virtual  world. It’s not real . One can see it but can’t feel it. One can hear it but can’t touch it. Hence learning from screen is virtual not real and kids before age of 4 years if exposed to screen for more than 2 hours will have this virtual environment active  in Brain and will not be able to learn things of real world. They will keep on revising and reflecting words and music even dialogues and characters of content watched on screen like cartoons, alphabet songs and rhymes in similartone and accent they learned from screen. They react soon to names of screen characters but not to their own names.With time they tend to forget parents and surroundings and even their own needs and SELF.

As child is being absent minded and poor learner because of virtual world the autistic behaviour of child is known as virtual autism. It can be cured if properly intervened on time. but if not treated it can result in permanent behaviour disorder of child .

Early screen exposure interferes with sensory and motor learning process of brain resulting in self oriented self canteredfocal behaviour of child.

This condition is threatening to future generations if not diagnosed and corrected on time.

As parents one has to give quality time in learning years of child to make them aware of self care, family values/culture, nature and surroundings.

Parents say it proudly that their kids can operate mobile at such early age and can’t eat food without mobiles but they don’t understand the harmful roots and painful fruits of this mobile dependent behaviour. If parents will leave their moral duties of teaching their child’s to mobiles they are bringing up robots .

Be a smart parent not a Smartphone parent. Else you will have virual child not a real child.

 


By Dr Ruchi jain

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