Concerns About Internet Overdependence Are Not Confined to the West

Physicians from two medical schools in Karachi, Pakistan share their concerns about “digital dementia” in the spring issue of Ochsner Journal.

Drs. Moledina and Khoja comment on the reduced attention, decreased memory span, forgetfulness, and poor memory recall documented in young people who have become reliant on internet-enabled devices. Their concerns echo similar concerns raised in the West and indicate that the problem is a worldwide phenomenon—even in countries that are relatively new to the advent of technology.

Moledina and Khoja have recommendations for addressing the problem, chief among which are restricting cellphone use at school and limiting internet time at home.

Sounds familiar.