In today’s world of science and technology, though our lives are becoming easier but complex at the same time. Electronic media is one of the pillars of our life transformation and development which is making us more aware and updated. More, spending more time on the internet and electronic devices decreases the time for healthy activities such as physical activity, sports, community service and cultural pursuits.
It is also creating a communication gap between parents and their children.
Further, this has also caused youth the problem that now they are unable to differentiate between fantasy and reality. Media’s exposure in the form of mystery and murder movies and stories filled with terror and torture has largely affected their behavior. As a result, they have become violent and are more prone to confrontation with their teachers, getting involved in fights with their peers and facing a drastic decline in school successes. Girls experience more fear from media as compared to boys.
Teenagers who are addicted to the internet develop rapid depression and psychic problems than those who are classified under normal internet users. By using chatting apps and talking to strangers, bold screening of films and dramas, it creates a fantasy world for the girls, thus leaving them far behind from reality. Rather than spending their evenings reading a book or cooking, girls instead spend up to five hours a night on their laptop – obsessively tracking the lives of, old friends and acquaintances and work colleagues.
Spending too much time online can expose a ‘dark side’. Those who didn’t previously suffer from depression are made to feel ill, fed up and unsafe and those who are on continuous use often feel worse. There appears to be an undeviating interconnection between spending more time online and feeling less happier about life. People who spent excessive time online don’t even realise that they are developing symptoms of depression. For people who do find themselves online more frequently, it may be useful to know these signs of depression from the National Institute of Mental.
- Concentration problem and difficulty in decisions making
- Decline of energy, rise to stress and fatigue
- Feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness
- Feelings of guilt
- Insomnia or excessive sleep
- Restlessness and irritability
- Loss of interest in physical activities
- Appetite loss or over eating
- Continuous pains, headaches, cramps or digestive problems
- Persistent sad, or ’empty feelings’
- Thoughts of suicide or suicide attempts
Immoderate use of internet is related with sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep leads to negative consequences such as fatigue and problems in the immune system. Accessing the internet via a mobile when in bed makes it harder for the mind to relax, further, hindering sleep. In addition, the electromagnetic radiation emitting from the mobile, delays melatonin production. Imprudent exposure to blue light emitted from the screens of internet connected devices also disrupts the sleep wake cycle and makes sleep more difficult. When our internal body clock is disrupted, we may develop sleep disorders such as delayed sleep phase disorder which can further aggravate the health effects of sleep deprivation.
Risk of illness of immune system and chronic pain
The incessant touching of phone harbours germs on our handset. The greasy, oily residue we may see on our cell phones after a day’s use can contain more disease prone germs than those found on a toilet seat. Further, cellphones require constant use of our hands especially when sending texts and emails. Responding to messages at rapid speeds can cause inflammation in our joints. Back pain is also common with increased cell phone use especially if you hold the phone between your neck and shoulder when you multi task.
Methodology and Methods
This applied study uses qualitative method. The research population composed of 10 BS students of International Islamic University Islamabad. The students were selected through random selection.
Profile of locale
For conducting this research, female students of International Islamic University Islamabad were selected to interview.
Results and Conclusion
After analyzing the answers given by the respondents, our hypothesis is proved that excessive use of electronic media leaves an negative impact on youth Thus, hindering their physical and emotional health and lack of communication.
It can be concluded that if the use of electronic media is not controlled, it leaves many negative impact on the lives of youth and can destroy their lives. They are not able to face the real world and their social personality is completely destroyed. They do not remain one personality, they differently express themselves on social media and are completely different in real lives.