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By Saish Bhise

The renowned French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal famously stated that "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone." Since the onset of the pandemic, the quote's significance has soared exponentially. It's barely known that Blaise Pascal wrote it in the mid 17th century when the city of London was hit by an epidemic of plague. People, their interests, and their problems change with time. Since the onset of the global Coronavirus pandemic, there has been a surge in porn consumption across the globe.

India is at the focal point, as it has seen a 95 per cent spike in traffic to adult sites during the nationwide three-week lockdown period. Data compiled from various adult sites show a 20 per cent spike in porn consumption, even before the official restrictions kicked in late March. Various telecom operators have banned a slew of adult sites, still, users can circumvent the ban by using VPN (Virtual Private Network).

Porn addiction can be defined as an uncontrolled urge to watch porn and the concurrent use of pornographic material for pleasure-seeking activities or dealing with distress despite negative consequences to one's physical, mental and social well being. A month of internet porn consumption is enough to get one addicted. The rise in porn consumption will have long-term detrimental consequences on the well-being of society.

Moreover, India is one of the youngest countries in the world, is facing a severe unemployment crisis. According to Linkedin, a job networking platform, 70 per cent of Gen Z's job applications are being rejected. The Covid-19 pandemic can be expressed in other words as a global epidemic of boredom. Forced to stay indoors due to the restrictions, people of all age groups have been spending significantly more hours online and in front of screens, leading to a rise in cyber-space-related psychological issues.

India's premier mental health institutions, the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bengaluru, have started a separate clinic namely The Services for Healthy Use of Technology (SHUT) which specialises in dealing with the hazards of excessive use of technology. According to a clinical psychologist at NIMHANS, the addiction levels have shot up by 30 per cent after the onset of the pandemic. The cases largely seen at the SHUT clinic are related to excessive gaming, parental distress, pornography addiction, couple distress, managing body pain due to excessive use of gadgets and distracting children from technology.

The ongoing second wave of coronavirus has already ravaged the country. With scientists predicting that the third wave will be vicious and is on the horizon. Various states have imposed curbs on travel and tourism. This time the sanity of Indians is at stake. It is high time that analysts, policymakers consider porn as a public health issue.


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The world's largest producer of ketchup announced the Packet Roller, a ketchup bottle-shaped gadget that allows users to squeeze the most out of a condiment packet, CNN reported.

Heinz has just rolled out a new product that the condiment company says is the "biggest innovation in sauce since the packet itself." Earlier this month, the world's largest producer of ketchup announced the Packet Roller, a ketchup bottle-shaped gadget that allows users to squeeze the most out of a condiment packet, CNN reported.

"Do not click 'purchase' unless you are prepared to change everything about the way you sauce," the Heinz Packet Roller website says. The roller goes for $5.70. The roller is pocket-sized, can be added to a keychain, and features a packet corner cutter.

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Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer, is recovering from a right-knee surgery he underwent last month.

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Federer, who made a late decision to attend this year's Laver Cup in Boston -- a tournament held between teams from Europe and the rest of the world -- said on the sidelines of the event that the recovery and rehabilitation are "going to take me a few more months and then we'll see how things are at some point next year". "The reception I've received, everybody is so upbeat that I'm here. They wish me all the best and they don't even see the crutches. They just want me to be good again and enjoy the weekend," Federer said in an interview for the event with former world No. 1 Jim Courier.

"I've seen some incredible tennis, some great matches and it's been wonderful. I'm really happy I made the trip," the winner of 20 majors was quoted as saying by On why he opted for a third surgery, the tennis ace said, "I was just nowhere near where I wanted to be to play at the top, top level. But I tried my best and at the end... too much is too much. Now I've just got to take it step by step," Federer said.

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By Hitesh Rathi

Cleopatra, was regarded as a great beauty, to preserve her skin, she took her daily bath in donkey milk. Besides, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed donkey milk for various diseases including fever, wounds, etc. To add to these benefits, donkey milk has four times the amount of Vitamin C than cow's milk has. So, it's no secret that donkey milk is a powerhouse of nutrients for both the skin and body.

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The milk contains essential fatty acids that work as powerful anti-ageing and healing properties. These fatty acids blur the wrinkles on the skin and help to regenerate damaged skin. Plus, donkey milk also contains anti-bacterial properties which are effective in healing skin irritation and redness.

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