Cellphone Addiction Treated at Mental Health Clinic

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While most of us are "addicted" to our mobiles, apparently some have it so bad that they're receiving treatment. Two children (ages 12 an 13) were admitted to a mental health clinic to cure what's been labeled as cellphone addiction. From the Telegraph:

They were brought in after spending an average of six hours a day on their phones, talking, texting or playing games.

Their parents became concerned that the children, aged 12 and 13, were unable to carry out normal activities without their handsets. They were failing at school and deceiving relatives in an attempt to obtain more money for phone cards.

According to the doctors on staff, it's the first time that a "specific" treatment has been used to cure mobile phone addiction. Then again, these are children who are 12 and 13. They seem a lot more like two kids distracted from their school work than strung-out junkies begging for quarters at the side of the road so that they can get their next fix. [telegraph]

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It's really has to do with the parenting and setting boundaries. I can understand kids having phones when they are old enough to go out on their own, stay after school for clubs/sports and then need to be picked up, etc. My 13 year old has one and she has no text plan and uses the phone maybe 4x each month. She sees the wife and I use our phones responsibly and was taught to be responsible herself. She was taught that texting when you are sitting with other people at a social event is rude— it shows that the person you are with is not worth your attention. My 17 year old neice does it at the dinner table (she tries to be subtle but fails. It's just rude.

Parenting properly takes work. When people throw their hands up and ship their kids off for someone else to fix the problems they themselves created it pisses me off. (Of course there are exceptions, but I don't think cell phone usage applies.)

/Rant over.