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Reading Faking News could cause mental disorders, says research

30, Sep 2012 By iamthe007

Bangalore: Scientists here at the Center for Social Media Related Illnesses (popularly known as CSMRI) have confirmed that an addiction to Faking News (FN) could cause a rare and emerging kind of psychological disorder known as ‘Socioillusionary mentosis’. The details of the illness are still to be researched but the main symptoms seem to be that the patient is unable to discern the veracity of the articles in the Faking News website. The seriousness of the illness is still to affirmed by the researchers but one of the common symptoms seem to be – unusual chuckling while reading ‘real’ and serious news articles. The study was jointly conducted by a group of scientists at the institute over a period of more than 4 years.

One of the subjects being studied at the center is Pradeep (name withheld) who seems to be unaware of any scam that has happened in the last two years. On being asked about Pradeep, his doctor smiles and then says “Pradeep  is one out of the many who are unable to grasp the difference between Faking news articles and the real world ones. This has caused him to leave in denial for the last year. Its hard to believe that he thinks that the 2G, CWG and coal scam are fake. He might be required to move to a mental asylum if his situation does not improve”.

As per the chief scientist Mr Rashbehari Pal, the team has been focusing on understanding the effects and the trajectory of the disease. It is still not clear about which demographic would be effected by this disorder. Mr. Pal adds that the challenge is to not be affected by the disease while performing the research which usually requires spending 4-5 hours daily with Faking news. This challenge has been  overcome by having the researchers read real news, which is found to aid the ‘psychomatic disillusionation ‘of the person to some extent.

As per Mr. Pal, the initial research shows that the disease takes at least 6 months to develop and seems to very slowly decay the ‘solvomentoanalytical’ neurons in the brain. The location of the part of the brain affected was not divulged by the scientist who said it was too premature to share such details with the press.

On being asked how the research was funded, Mr.Pal disclosed that the project was adequately funded. As per highly placed sources, the funds for the initiative were arranged by the sale of leftovers from the PM’s yearly dinner party.”We have no dearth of inward cash flow”, declared Mrs.Goglita Kulkarni who works as the financial accountant for the institute.

While talking to the team of young scientists who seem to have little work than skimming through tonnes of FN articles, one does realize that there is no need to raise a alarm yet. “In a country like India, such kind of disorders are slowly beginning to pick up. But we do not want to give a false impression of panic. Users are asked not to refrain from reading Faking News until such a directive is passed”, says Mr.Pal.

But some scientists who did not wish to be named said that the effects of Faking News on the ‘perceptory process’ of the brain cannot be overruled. No one however wants to comment on the benefits/pitfalls of reading Faking News.

Until the research concludes its findings. users may try to compensate the effects by reading regular news along with Faking news. This seems to be a partially proven remedial measure should any symptoms begin to kick in.