An an­i­mated life

An IIT-JEE top­per re­veals that he watched car­toons to beat stress. We get ex­perts to tell us how good a method this is, and if it can be ad­dic­tive

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When a na­tional top­per gives study tips, it is bound to be noted down. So when IIT-JEE (Ad­vanced) top­per Sarvesh Me­htani said that while on one hand he gave up so­cial me­dia time — to fo­cus bet­ter on stud­ies — he did watch his favourite car­toon show, Do­rae­mon, to de-stress.

Ex­perts agree that car­toons in­deed are a sure­fire way to beat the blues. “Car­toons tend to be light in na­ture and are full of hu­mour with a small les­son or learn­ing. The cre­ative, vi­su­als, out of the box ideas and be­ings pro­jected on screen takes one in the world of new pos­si­bil­i­ties and imag­i­na­tions. In­di­vid­ual dif­fer­ences do ex­ist, but as per the re­cent re­searches, watch­ing car­toons has been a great way to re­duce stress and en­hance cre­ative think­ing,” says Nam­rata Da­gia, clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist.

While in gen­eral, ex­perts rec­om­mend this form of re­cre­ation to al­most every­one; it does not work if some­one is scep­ti­cal. “Re­lax­ation by means of watch­ing car­toons may of­ten work and help in case of re­cep­tive in­di­vid­u­als who have some lik­ing for child­hood fan­tasies. Peo­ple who are more se­ri­ous and tem­per­a­men­tal may con­sider this ex­er­cise rub­bish,” says Dr PD Lak­dawala, psy­chi­a­trist.

For adults it is a great way to un­wind, but for kids it is an ef­fec­tive ed­u­ca­tional tool. “Watch­ing car­toons can build con­cen­tra­tion and vo­cab­u­lary and it is a good and safe form of en­ter­tain­ment, help­ful in ex­plor­ing and ob­serv­ing and it en­hances imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­ity,” says Dr Fazal Nabi, con­sul­tant pae­di­a­tri­cian and in­ten­sivist.

GENRE MAT­TERS

While most car­toons are funny, some of them have a cen­tral theme of mys­tery, ac­tion, etc. and watch­ing them could be detri­men­tal to health. “Watch­ing vi­o­lence in any form, even if it is in car­toons may re­sult in ag­gra­vat­ing the ex­ist­ing stress lev­els in a per­son. It can also cul­ti­vate ag­gres­sive im­pulses, which are harm­ful,” says Lak­dawala. “As far as pos­si­ble vi­o­lence in­duc­ing car­toons should be avoided,” agrees Nabi.

SET THE LIM­ITS

How­ever, like all things in ex­cess, watch­ing too many car­toon shows also has a down­side. “One can very much get ad­dicted to car­toons. Car­toons are in­ter­est­ing and peo­ple get en­grossed in it and for­get about time and place too. Peo­ple should be aware of time and their pri­or­i­ties. If one is aware of their ad­dic­tion, he or she should set an alarm or should make ar­range­ments for re­minders,” says Mary Ge­orge Vargh­ese, psy­chol­o­gist.

One can very much get ad­dicted to car­toons... Peo­ple should be aware of time and their pri­or­i­ties. MARY GE­ORGE VARGH­ESE, PSY­CHOL­O­GIST

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Do­rae­mon and (ex­treme right) No­bita

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