- India has just begun treating its first reported Netflix addict.
- The man was bingeing seven hours of shows a day, every day, for over six months, his doctor told The Hindu newspaper.
- The 26-year-old reportedly experienced serious eye strain, fatigue, and disturbed sleep patterns due to the amount of TV he watched.
- He could have watched around 1,300 hours of Netflix content.
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.
“The man watched Netflix when his family pressured him to earn a living, or when he saw his friends doing well. It was a method of escapism. He could forget about his problems, and he derived immense pleasure from it,” Dr. Sharma said.
He said that extreme cases like this young man were very rare, but that his clinic had a number of online gaming addicts who were also using technology to escape their lives.
It is believed to be the first reported case of Netflix addiction in India, The Hindu said.
It is not yet know what shows the man watched during his six-month session – but he likely watched over 1277 hours of Netflix content.
Insider reported in the past that Netflix actually ran tests on over 30 shows to find out which episode people became addicted at.
You can see a list of the top 73 Netflix original shows, ranked from worst to best here.
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