By Angie Teo in addition to Sekar Nasly Bani Putri
JAKARTA, Nov 6 (Reuters) – by browsing social media to watching videos in addition to chatting with friends, Indonesian university student Tyas Sisianindita spends about eight hours a day on her phone.
“I realise in which I am addicted,” the university student admitted, saying she checks her phone continuously by the time she wakes up, even when she can be in classes.
“At night, when I can’t sleep, I can use my phone for up to a few hours.”
A group of fellow students at the University of Indonesia, led by inventor Irfan Budi Satria, has spent three months developing a wearable device in which can help internet users like Sisianindita cut down on the time they spend flicking at their phones.
Called “Nettox”, by “internet detox”, the device can be worn on the wrist in addition to contains a pulse oximeter sensor in which measures haemoglobin oxygen levels in addition to heart rate variability (HRV).
Studies have found in which prolonged mobile phone usage includes a specific lowering effect on HRV levels. The Nettox device emits a sound when HRV in addition to blood oxygen levels fall within This particular range, which reminds the wearer to stop using their phone.
For people aged between 18 in addition to 25, the HRV should ideally stay above 60, according to the American Psychological Association, Satria said.
At a recent trial, Sisianindita’s HRV reading was 44.
Internet addiction can be a growing social issue in Indonesia. In October, two teenagers were treated for their addiction to internet gaming, media reported.
“Children must be taught to be more active in addition to take part in extracurricular activities,” said psychologist Kasandra Putranto.
Satria’s team can be working on personalising Nettox in addition to improving its accuracy as HRV readings can vary depending on a person’s body shape, gender in addition to health conditions.
They aim to apply for a patent for their invention with the university by next year.
Satria says, though, in which Nettox can be targeted at those already invested in changing their behaviour.
“Our goal can be to help the health-conscious,” he said. “To help people who want to free themselves by internet addiction.” (Reporting by Sekar Nasly Bani Putri in addition to Angie Teo Writing by Karishma Singh Editing by Robert Birsel)
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