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 @ 7:51am

    It is actually quite common for parents to avoid their own responsibilities and try to get someone else to handle their problems. The parents should be punished in this case for not handling the problem themselves. Some liberal will say this is a genetic predisposition towards cell phone addiction. Yeah, that does sound stupid doesn't it? Take the kids phones away and send the parents to counseling to learn how to deal with their kids.

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