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The Web Of Compulsion

Addiction to the internet looks to go viral in New India. Can detox bootcamps help?

The Web Of Compulsion
Illustration by Sorit
The Web Of Compulsion
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At first, it was a headache. Then, a bellyache and a backache. When it was time for school, 13-year-old Vibhu* (name changed) would always have an ailment up his sleeve. But it was not any teacher or test that he was trying to avoid. He simply wanted to stay home. Alone. Because when his working parents walked out the door each morning, Vibhu would fish out his concealed data card and trawl the worldwide web.

He was addicted to the net and didn’t know it. Neither did his parents, till they sought help for their son’s disturbing behaviour. Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD)—a condition where an individual compulsively, and almost always unproductively, uses the internet and finds any attempt to limit its use distressing—is no longer a threat only facing netizens on the other side of the Pacific. And though India isn’t about to start internet deaddiction camps like the US just yet, drugs and alcohol deaddiction clinics are increasingly opening their doors to those caught in the vortex of the virtual...

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