COVID-19 Lockdown: Buhari warns against social media addiction




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Dr Nimota Buhari, Department of Behavioural Sciences, University of Ilorin (Unilorin), has cautioned people to beware of online exposure risks, from going online more to deal stay at home directives.

Buhari, who gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin explained that people might be vulnerable to online exploitation.

According to the expert, the time spent by children and youths online may worsen and lead to social media addiction.

She also warned that some youths could resort to substance abuse as a coping strategy especially among risked groups.


The don, who taught in the Faculty of Clinical Science of Unilorin, also observed that people might experience depressive symptoms such as helplessness, hopelessness, pathological guilt, selective abstraction and catastrophic thinking.

Others, she said, included sleep changes, disruption of exercise and unable to go the gym, anxiety and fear of uncertainties due to loneliness or unable to visit counsellors and therapists face to face.

The expert in human behaviour pointed out that it was normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared and angry during .

She however advised people to talk to loved ones, contact friends and members, and also maintain healthy lifestyles such as proper diet, sleep, exercise and social contacts with loved ones through emails and phones.

Buhari however warned against using smoking, alcohol or drugs to deal with emotions at this trying times of COVID- 19 pandemic, adding that if you feel overwhelmed, talk to health workers or counsellors.

She also observed that parents needed to be sensitive to children at this time by responding to their children reactions in a supportive way.

“Listen to the children’s concerns and give them extra and attention as children need adults love and attention during trying times,” she said.

Besides, the expert advised parents to create opportunities for children to play and relax, while also providing facts of what was happening and give them clear information and how to their risks of contacting COVID- 19.

(NAN)