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CASE REPORT
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 109-110

Understanding geriatric binge-watching from a case-based perspective


1 Department of Clinical Psychology, SHUT Clinic (Service for Healthy Use of Technology), National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Epidemiology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Psychiatry, State Drug Dependence Treatment Centre, Institute of Mental Health, Pt BDS University of Health Sciences, Rohtak, Haryana, India
4 Department of Clinical Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma
Department of Clinical Psychology, SHUT Clinic (Service for Healthy Use of Technology), National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jgmh.jgmh_51_22

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Binge-watching is a new phenomenon characterized by watching TV/online series continuously. The relatively sedentary way of life and its associated psychological factors among the elderly may make them vulnerable to technology misuse and potential problematic binge-watching. We describe a case of a 72-year-old male professional who sought help to manage problematic binge-watching of teleseries. The clinical evaluation highlighted the mediating role of motivation factors (need for self-absorbing activities, compensatory motivation to manage low mood and loneliness) in binge-watching. This case study provides insights into the motives of the elderly for binge-watching and highlights the need to promote behavioral strategies for strengthening the healthy use of technology among the elderly, allowing them to age healthily with advancing technologies.


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