#GenerationNowhere: India’s young are fighting an invisible epidemic, smartphone addiction
Entry type: Single project
Publishing organisation: ThePrint
Organisation size: Big
Publication date: 2022-03-20
Authors: Desk and editors.
Award winning journalist with 6 years of experience in reporting India’s most critical issues–unemployment, gender crimes, human rights, politics, and policy.
Born and brought up in a village in Haryana, I fought my way out of the state’s stifling patriarchal set-up to reach the National Capital, becoming the first person to graduate in the family. During my college days at Delhi University, I learnt to wear the lens of English writers to examine the condition of Rural Women. In journalism, I wear both my rural and urban lenses to bring an element of critical intersectionality to my reporting and writing.
Young Indians are dropping out of college, their IIT aspirations turning to dust and many are now in de-addiction centres. The story is about growing smartphone dependency in India.
The story started the conversation around the use of mobile phones. It also led to more follow ups in other newsrooms.
Interviews, Experts on record, data and ground reporting
Context about the project:
Since mobile phones have become the most intimate partner in everyone’s life, it was difficult for them to open up to a journalist and shareThemost private details.
What can other journalists learn from this project?
When I started working on the story, the data was vague and I had no idea how it would turn out. But my findings were seconded by experts and they reached out to me. I think we should entirely depend on private institutions or government agencies to tell us about a subject. Sometimes, our stories should alert the authorities and experts to look at the alarming trends and open data.