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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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Jun 2008 @ 11:12am

    Why do twelve and thirteen year olds have cell phones? They don't have an income. They have no credit history. They can't open a cell account. I'm a software engineer in my 30s and I didn't even need a cell until I finally broke down and bought one two years ago. If they really need to talk on the phone that much, buy a cheap landline for the kids to share without the risk of ruining your credit by racking up a thousand dollar bill talking to fucking nobody.

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