Indonesians Create Device to Fight Phone Addiction
Indonesian university student Tyas Sisianindita spends about eight hours a day on her phone. That time includes watching videos, chatting with friends and using social media.
"I realize that I am addicted," she said, noting she checks her phone countless times from morning until night. She even checks it while in class.
"At night, when I can't sleep, I can use my phone for up to five hours," she said.
Tyas goes to the University of Indonesia, where a team of students recently developed a device meant to fight phone addiction.
The students spent three months creating the device, which can help internet users like Tyas decrease time they spend looking at their phones.
Inventor Irfan Budi Satria led the development team.
The device is called "Nettox," which combines the words "internet" and "detox." Users wear it on their arm. The device has a sensor that measures hemoglobin oxygen levels and changes to the heart rate called HRV.
Studies have found that using a mobile phone for long hours can lower HRV levels. The Nettox device makes a sound when HRV and blood oxygen levels fall, which reminds wearers to stop using their phones.
For people between the ages of 18 and 25, the HRV should stay above 60. That information comes from the American Psychological Association.
At a recent trial, Tyas's HRV reading was 44.
Internet addiction is a growing social issue in Indonesia. In October, two teenagers were treated for their addiction to internet gaming, media reported.
Irfan Budi Satria's team is working to improve Nettox's accuracy. HRV readings can change depending on if the user is a man or woman, and what their body shape and health conditions are.
The team aims to get a patent for their invention with the university by next year.
Irfan says Nettox is for people already trying to change their behavior.
"Our goal is to help...people who want to free themselves from internet addiction," he said.
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We have all witnessed the power of social media.
2.chat with 与...闲聊
How do you make friendly chat with your colleagues?
3.addict to 沉溺于
After his divorce, he spent years addicted to his computer.
4.speeding up 加速
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5.Tyas goes to the University of Indonesia, where a team of students recently developed a device meant to fight phone addiction.
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Each specialist consultant has a team of doctors under him
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6.HRV readings can change depending on if the user is a man or woman.
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I tend to have a different answer, depending on the family.
People experience differences in physical and mental capability depending on the time of day.
印尼大学生Tyas Sisianindita每天花费八个小时玩手机 。这段时间包括看视频、和朋友聊天和使用社交媒体 。
她说，“我意识到自己上瘾了，”并指出从早到晚，她无数次地查看手机 。甚至在课堂上也不例外 。
发明者Irfan Budi Satria领导了这一开发团队 。
这款设备名为“Nettox”，是“互联网（internet）”和“排毒（detox）”的合成词 。用户需要将它戴在手臂上 。该设备附带的传感器可测量血红蛋白氧水平和心率变异性（HRV） 。
研究发现，长时间使用手机会导致HRV水平降低 。当HRV和血氧水平下降时，Nettox设备会发出警示，提醒用户停止使用手机 。
对于18到25岁的人群，HRV应该保持在60以上 。这些信息来自美国心理协会 。
“网络上瘾”在印尼是一个日益严重的社会问题 。据媒体报道，10月份，两名青少年因沉迷网络游戏而接受治疗 。
Irfan Budi Satria的团队正在努力提高Nettox的准确性 。HRV读数可根据使用者的两性特征，以及他们的体型和健康状况而变化 。