Man in India Checks Himself Into Mental Health Clinic Over Netflix Addiction

A man in India checked himself into a mental health clinic over his Netflix addiction – one which left him watching seven hours of shows a day, every day of the week, for more than six months.

The unnamed 26-year-old would turn on his TV first thing in the morning and would struggle to turn it off, doctors at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences told The Hindu newspaper on Monday.

The man was left with severe symptoms from the addiction, which included eye strain, fatigue, and disturbed sleeping patterns.

The man checked himself into the Service for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) clinic at the institute in Bengaluru, southern India in the week before doctors spoke to the paper.

Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma, professor of clinical psychology there, told the paper that the man developed the addiction because he was unemployed and decided to turn to Netflix to shut out reality.

Doctors say they are addressing the man’s psychological issues through therapy, prescribing relaxation exercises, and giving him career guidance.

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SOURCE: Insider, Bill Bostock