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Digital dependence

| October 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

A young British girl may be the world’s youngest social media addict. Given an iPad by her parents a year ago when she was three years old, she recently underwent psychiatric treatment at London’s Capio Nightingale Clinic, supervised by Dr Richard Graham, who says digital addicts experience the same symptoms as heroin addicts when parted from their mobile devices.

Online United Kingdom website recently polled 1 000 parents, and one in seven admitted that they give their children free rein with mobile devices for more than four hours a day. The survey also found that mobile devices have replaced television as the 21st century ‘nanny’ of choice. In Japan, a government spokesperson has announced that at least 518 000 children are addicted to the internet as it launches a giant research project into the problem.

The education ministry has been asked to organise ‘fasting’ camps for children to help them with withdrawal. The ministry also wants to incorporate more programmes that focus on interpersonal relationships into the curriculum. In extreme cases, some Japanese children have been diagnosed with deep-vein thrombosis as a result of their digital obsession.

Category: e-Education, Summer 2013

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