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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    Passing Notes, 16 Jun 2008 @ 1:27pm

    Talking in Class

    I really don't think this is much different than when I was in elementary school and kids passed notes or talked in class to other kids. It was just easier for the teacher to catch such behaviors and correct them or have a parent teacher conference. The kids who passed notes and talked all the time did bad in school.

    Kids today can now easily text each other and appear as if they are paying attention in class. So it might be harder and take a bit longer to figure out the kid isn't paying attention then it would before cell phones. I would tend to think it's more a attention deficit order or hyper activity that is causing their behavior and the phone is just the means. It's just modern age note passing.

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