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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    mobiGeek, 16 Jun 2008 @ 8:43am

    Re: You can't cure addict by "taking away"

    First, Mike is questioning whether there is an "addiction" at all...quite a valid question seeing as we're talking about adolescents and a technology toy.

    And it isn't "nonsense" to use taking-away as a first step towards determining the true depth of the problem.

    The bigger issue here appears to be that the parents waited until the problem got so bad that grades were drastically affected. Now it is possible that the parents are using the addiction centre as a point of last resort, but if so that information is a major gap in the reporting.


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