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Shun Facebook to kill loneliness before it eliminates you
If you think that no other age group is more vulnerable to loneliness than the elderly, go check your backyard. The mammoth rise of the internet and emergence of various social media platforms have left many young Indians - some as young as 14 - socially isolated, lonely and, eventually, in the grip of chronic depression that can take their lives.
 
Not just leading to suicidal tendencies, the feeling of being lonely can make you sick, very sick if not addressed clinically and socially well in time.
 
According to Dr. Samir Parikh, director, (mental health and behavioural sciences) at Fortis Healthcare in the capital, loneliness can be a trigger to self-suicidal ideation in young people. It can also affect their overall well-being.
 
"Loneliness can affect you physically and psychologically - draining people and leaving a huge vacuum in their life, thus putting them at suicide risk," Parikh told IANS.
 
Although in some cases, forming communities and groups on social media can be helpful but the social media can never be a substitute for the real human experience, he added.
 
"Total social isolation in young people can lead to depression, increases chances of Alzheimer's later in life and chances of death by suicide or increased physical ailments," Dr. Madhuri Singh, a leading psychiatrist from Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital in Mumbai, said.
 
In the virtual world, such lonely souls will, in fact, drift further away from the real interaction which is a must for the healthy functioning of mind and body, she added.
 
The rise in internet and smartphone addiction among children is fast becoming a worrying trend for Indian parents.
 
"I recently came across 14-year-old Tanay who was admitted to the psychiatric ward at the hospital as he could not switch off his mobile and was addicted to the social media. He was treated for screen de-addiction or else he could have suffered a serious mental disorder," Dr. Sandeep Govil, consultant (mental health and behavioural sciences) at Saroj Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi, noted.
 
According to a global research, loneliness leads to fight-or-flight stress that can ultimately affect the production of white blood cells.
 
Essentially, lonely people had a less effective immune response and more inflammation than non-lonely people, a team from the University of Chicago and the University of California-Los Angeles found.
 
"The 'danger signals' activated in the brain by loneliness ultimately affect the production of white blood cells. The resulting shift may both propagate loneliness and contribute to its associated health risks," the researchers noted in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
 
According to Dr. Sameer Malhotra, director (mental health and behavioural sciences) at Max Super Specialty Hospital, loneliness can add to distress, can be associated with self neglect and can trigger a host of psychosomatic problems.
 
"Mind and body are closely intertwined through an array of neurochemicals, hormones and immune system. Stress associated with loneliness can lead to a host of physical problems. Unhealthy diet can also trigger physical problems," Malhotra told IANS.
 
If not tackled, loneliness can kill. "Loneliness can damage your mental and physical health condition. Medical research has proven the fact of association between poor mental condition and the rate of suicides. A disturbed mental condition increases the risk of suicide in such patients," Dr. Govil stressed.
 
Recently, a 20-year-old student, Nitin, came to Dr. Malhotra. He was feeling lonely and homesick and had symptoms of depression and anxiety. Being on the social media did not help but actually aggravated his condition.
 
"He was not eating properly and had lost five kg weight in a span of a month. Complaining of frequent crying spells, anxiety episodes, disturbed sleep and decreased concentration, he had started questioning the very purpose of life," Dr. Malhotra recalled.
 
He was assessed in detail and the family was involved in the treatment process. Bonding with the family - alongside medication support - helped him get out of the state of loneliness within a month.
 
According to Dr. Malhotra, limit your time with smartphones and other gadgets as the vibes shared via direct personal communication have their own merit.
 
Transitionally, being on Facebook may make a difference to your wellbeing.
 
"But the virtual world is also a replica of the world around us. As a result, people at times feel more distressed in the virtual world as they are less in tune with the reality. Thus, we run the same risk of getting hurt or distressed in the virtual world as in the real life," Dr. Govil emphasised.
 
Loneliness takes a toll on your physical health as well where you tend to survive on unhealthy diets. Stress can culminate in the form of binge eating which is dangerous as you tend to eat unhealthy food. It can also lead to a condition of hypertension and lethargy.
 
People who live alone have a lower diversity of food intake and consumption of core food groups like fruits, vegetables and fish.
 
For example, a lack of motivation and enjoyment in cooking and/or eating alone often leads to people preparing simple or ready-made meals lacking key nutrients.
 
The remedy is simple: invest in relationships and stay out of the virtual world as much as possible.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Mahesh S Bhatt

12 months ago

Generation brought on 24*7 TV/Internet/Social media is exposed to approx 75000 rapes/130000 murders/240000 frauds & cheating ways/heart breaks.

So what shall we have.

Virtual pleasures real pains no losses no Gains

India fourth biggest exporter of illicit capital: Report
 With an average annual outflow of $51.03 billion, India is the fourth biggest exporter of illicit capital over a decade with such financial flows surging to $1.1 trillion in 2013, according to a new report.
 
China, with $139.23 billion average annually ($1.39 trillion cumulative), was the biggest exporter of illicit financial flows from developing and emerging economies, according to a study released Wednesday by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington-based research and advisory organization.
 
Russia with $104.98 billion average ($1.05trillion cumulative) and Mexico with $52.84 billion average ($528.44 billion cumulative) came next.
 
India with $51.03 billion average ($510.29 billion cumulative) was fourth followed by Malaysia with $41.85 billion average annually ($418.54 billion cumulative) ranked fifth.
 
Authored by GFI Chief Economist Dev Kar and GFI Junior Economist Joseph Spanjers, the report pegs cumulative illicit outflows from developing economies at $7.8 trillion between 2004 and 2013, the last year for which data are available.
 
Titled "Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2004-2013" the study reveals that illicit financial flows first surpassed $1 trillion in 2011, and have grown to $1.1 trillion in 2013.
 
This marks a dramatic increase from 2004, when illicit outflows totaled just $465.3 billion.
 
"This study clearly demonstrates that illicit financial flows are the most damaging economic problem faced by the world's developing and emerging economies," said GFI President Raymond Baker, a longtime authority on financial crime.
 
"This year at the UN, the mantra of 'trillions not billions' was continuously used to indicate the amount of funds needed to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. Significantly curtailing illicit flows is central to that effort."
 
Illicit financial flows averaged a staggering four percent of the developing world's GDP, the study noted.
 
In seven of the 10 years studied, global IFFs outpaced the total value of all foreign aid and foreign direct investment flowing into poor nations.
 
The IFF growth rate from 2004-2013 was 8.6 percent in Asia and 7 percent in Developing Europe as well as in the MENA and Asia-Pacific regions, the report found.
 
The report recommends that world leaders focus on curbing opacity in the global financial system, which facilitates these outflows.
 
Specifically, GFI suggested that governments establish public registries of verified beneficial ownership information on all legal entities, and all banks should know the true beneficial owner(s) of any account opened in their financial institution.
 
Government authorities should adopt and fully implement all of the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) anti-money laundering recommendations; laws already in place should be strongly enforced.
 
Policymakers should require multinational companies to publicly disclose their revenues, profits, losses, sales, taxes paid, subsidiaries, and staff levels on a country-by-country basis.
 
All countries should actively participate in the worldwide movement towards the automatic exchange of tax information as endorsed by the OECD and the G20, the report suggested.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Meenal Mamdani

1 year ago

There is complicity among the wealthy of all countries which allows this to happen.
The outflow of money from these countries is an inflow in another country. That country keeps quiet because it is benefiting from the funds coming in.
No wonder drug money and black money flows so freely around the world and entities like ISIS can receive finance with impunity.
In the meantime, ordinary citizens like us are harassed by banks to repeatedly produce documents for KYC.

Cries for help continue as normalcy creeps back in deluged Chennai
Life in flood-hit Chennai is slowly limping back to normalcy, with sun shining on Tuesday, but there were still areas, especially suburban, where the situation is still very grim and relief yet to reach the despondent residents.
 
Rescue and relief operations were going on in water logged areas including north Chennai, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore districts, but some areas were still cut off.
 
"The Anakaputtur area (a Chennai suburb but falling under Kanchipuram district) is still under several feet of water with government relief measures not reaching the people there," Geetha Mohandas, a resident, told IANS.
 
Even in city where the flood water has receded, life continues to be a struggle as people have to clear the slush and also look out for safe drinking water as the piped water is contaminated with sewage.
 
Shops opened up and a massive clean up operation have been initiated in the affected districts where the water levels have receded.
 
Schools and colleges remain closed in 12 districts. Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa said the half-yearly exams should be held only January 2016 and this is applicable to all schools in the state.
 
She also said domestic users can pay their power bills up to January 31, 2016.
 
Resumption of auto-rickshaw services and public transport made people's life easier after being completely crippled for the past six days. Southern Railways however has cancelled some long distance trains at Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore stations.
 
General insurers are expecting a flood loss claims out go of not less than Rs.1,500 crore towards damages to factory stocks, vehicles and others.
 
Car maker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd announced that it is geared up to meet the rush for vehicle servicing post floods by bringing technicians from other parts of the country and two truck loads of spare parts.
 
Corporates have started contributing to the relief fund with information technology player Cognizant committing Rs.260 crore towards relief works and loan assistance to its employees and business partners.
 
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi meanwhile visited Chennai, Cuddalore and Puducherry to see the situation.
 
Meanwhile, the weather department has forecast heavy rains in coastal Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, due to low pressure in Bay of Bengal.
 
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