Social media companies, not hardware makers, are more deserving of any addiction-related scrutiny, some said.
Jana and CalSTRS also asked Apple to study the impact of excessive phone use on mental health.
The deputy minister says a study carried out on 725 Malaysians shows that 89% are addicted to the Internet.
Radhi OAG says he had used about RM500,000 of his savings to sustain his drug habit.
The former Disney Channel singer and actress made headlines last August when she abruptly quit her 'Revival' world tour, saying she needed to take time off to deal with panic attacks and depression.
Groups representing indigenous community fear fate of those who turn to substance abuse due to stress over losing their traditional rights, land and livelihood.
It says it has labelled poppy seeds, usually used in cooking, as a safe product due to the low morphine content and insignificant risk of addiction.
Addiction seemed to explain roughly three-quarters of the effect of social media use on depression, the researchers found.
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