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Virtual autism

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 Virtual autism refers to the sensory, motor, and socio-affective deprivation experienced by children aged 0-3 years who spend more than four hours a day staring at screens.

This phenomenon, identified by psychologist Marius Teodor Zamfir, has similarities to behaviours found in children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Reversing the effects of virtual autism may involve a combination of therapies, including play therapy, psychomotor stimulation, language stimulation, and cognitive behaviour therapies.

Usage: The example can be used in Indian Society/Essay, to highlight the issues of digital addiction in children.