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Mobile phone addiction
Mobile Phone Addiction

Have your thumbs gone numb? Do you feel annoyed any time that you are away from your mobile phone? If this is you, then you could be suffering from mobile phone addiction. This is one of a number of behavioural addictions that scientists report are becoming more prevalent, and it's most apparent among young people. Children get mobile phones early, as parents weigh up the advantages of being able to get in touch with their children at any time. From a safety perspective, it's good to know that children can reach their parents in an emergency. However, there are many disadvantages of mobile phones and mobile phone addiction is a major one.

Signs of mobile phone addiction

So, how can you tell whether your child is suffering from mobile phone addiction? The simple answer is when your child or teenager loses control.

  • There have been cases reported in the press where young people were using their lunch money to buy mobile phone top up cards, download ringtones, and get new games instead of eating. This is a sign of mobile phone addiction.

  • If your child is no longer speaking to you, but spends hours texting friends, and playing games on the phone, then this, too may be a sign of mobile phone addiction.

  • If your child's school work is suffering, mobile phone addiction is a possibility.

  • If your child has stopped taking part in extra curricular activities, then this may be a sign of mobile phone addiction

Feeding the mobile phone addiction

In some countries, this type of addiction has grown even worse, highlighting additional disadvantages of mobile phones. Mobile phones are a status symbol, and part of that status is having the latest phones, the latest accessories, and the latest ring tones. For some teens, this is a habit that has to be fed and feeding this habit takes money which they don't have. Again, press reports indicate that in some countries teenagers are stealing money or 'borrowing' their parents' credit cards so that they can keep up with mobile phone trends and keep feeding their mobile phone addiction.

Social status and mobile phones

It's not just about the look of the mobile phone, though; it's also about using them. Having people call and send messages, and having people to call and send messages to reaffirms the phone owner's social status, which is particularly important to children and young people. They feel that they must always be connected to those in their peer group, and feel isolated when this doesn't happen. A recent study among young people aged 15 to 24 showed that using a mobile phone was part of many young people's self image. Additionally, many of them recognised that their wish to use their mobile phones was compulsive, and that they did in fact have a mobile phone addiction.

Solving the mobile phone addiction

So what can be done about mobile phone addiction? One of the criticisms is that young people are given phones, but not told how to use them. While the mechanics are obvious, there are other areas that would help to curb this obsessive behaviour. One way to keep mobile phone addiction and the disadvantages of mobile phones under control is to give children and young people basic phones on a pay as you go contract. They won't be happy, but it might help to curb mobile phone addiction and teach them the value of a pound as well as self-control.

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