A Nigerian doctor has warned users of technology addiction. According to Dr Maymunah Kadiri, President of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) based in Yaba, addiction leads to several health issues.
“Addiction causes marital discord, shallow relationships, lack of personal hygiene and social interaction with other people, loss of good eating habits and poor academic performance. When a person is addicted to social networks, television and the internet, he or she often forgets to do anything else,” she told delegates during a lecture.
During the “Information Technology: The new drug of addiction” lecture, she said users should be aware of the consequences.
She referred to research which has indicated people addicted to social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, similar to drug and alcohol addiction often leads to academic failure.
Kadiri advised parents monitor children’s media consumption and their use of techology.
Charlie Fripp – Online editor