‘Digital escape’ is what they look for

Lack of warmth and attention from parents drives them to gadgets The Mag Mayank Shah, 15, watched television for about six hours a day. He gradually stopped mingling with his aunts, uncles and grandparents. When his parents realised what TV addiction was doing to him they took him to a therapist.  Dr Prashant Bhimani, hypnotherapist, who treated Shah said, “Mayank’s mom would watch saas-bahu serials while his father watched news channels once they got home from work. The boy felt neglected and began watching TV once he got back from school and tuitions. The saas-bahu serials filled with venomous characters turned him against his close relatives.” Dr Bhimani counselled Mayank for a few sessions and later diverted the counselling to his parents, who had fuelled this addiction in their son.