Kids Use Mobile Phones Too Much? Send 'Em To A Mental Hospital

from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept

We've noted in the past the, well, addiction some people have to calling any sort of regular usage of something an "addiction." It's quite common with all sorts of technologies. Often there doesn't seem to be any actual evidence of an addiction -- or, if there is, it usually becomes clear that the problem is somewhere else, and the people simply turn to technology to avoid that other issue in their lives. Either way, it still seems a bit extreme to hear that, in Spain, parents have sent two children, aged 12 and 13, to a mental hospital to try to help "cure them" of their mobile phone "addiction." As parents, what was wrong with just taking away their mobile phone?

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    Matt, 16 Jun 2008 @ 11:09am


    The problem with this country isn't conservatives or liberals. In fact, there isn't a problem, other than the fact that everyone seems to think they are the first generation to experience partisan politics, corruption, floods, high utility prices, radically new technology, etc.
    As for this article, the kids appear to be "addicted" to constant connection with others. That may, in fact, be a phenomenon on the horizon. When I first had a cell phone people got mad at me for not always having it turned on. We are expected to use our ability to be connected to stay connected 24/7. Left unchecked this idea becomes the behavior manifested in the two children.

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