Mumbaikars shun ‘depressing’ Twitter, Facebook

Saturday, 29 December 2012 - 10:30am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
An overload of information on Delhi gang rape has forced them to get into a shell.

The gruesome gang rape in Delhi and the outpour of anger not only on TV channels but also in social networking sites have led to depression among many.

The continuous coverage of the intensifying anger after the incident has left people depressed.
Singer Sunidhi Chauhan has stayed away from social networking sites, citing depression and helplessness.

On Friday, she tweeted: ‘sorry for not tweeting people. it's just that the whole vibe, the atmosphere is very disturbing and sad. Helpless.’

Many people hooked to social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook have off late echoed similar views. Many people are avoiding using the networking sites, saying there is too much of negativism and cynical statements and insensitive approach of the government which is depressing. With new year round the corner, people have taken this opportunity to spend time with family and friends.

“It is a good thing that people are taking a break from social networking sites," said Dr Parul Tank, consultant psychiatrist, Fortis Mulund Hospital. "There is a overload of information on a site like Twitter. You are exposed to perceptions which is not your own and get influenced.”

Dr Tank added that many a times people lose their perspective and can get anxious. “The vulnerable people will definitely get affected with the Delhi incident and the outburst of perceptions related to it on social networking sites.”

Dr Harish Shetty, senior psychiatrist at LH Hiranandani Hospital, said: “People don’t want to face reality. They want infotainment. That’s the reason why many are going off social network sites temporarily and avoiding newspapers and news channels.”

Dr Shetty, who is seeing patients worried about their daughters' safety, said that reading too much on the rape case and the protests can aggravate stress levels. “It can lead to lack of sleep. I have advised many patients to stay away from news channels and newspaper.”


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