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London hospital opens to Web-addicted "screenagers"

By Matthew
Mar 19, 2010
  1. A hospital in London has initiated Britain's first dedicated technology addiction clinic, aimed at teens that can't break away from the Web, video games, or their phones. The service is open to children as young as 12, but is mostly aimed at 15 to 17-year-olds who find it difficult to shut off their computers and video games.

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  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 869   +8

    its REALLY hard for me to turn off my pc, it runs 24/7. its my TV, gaming platform, workplace.
     
  3. elroacho72

    elroacho72 TS Rookie Posts: 116

    What are the 18 to 35-year olds going to do?
     
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 5,267   +92

    :( Spiral into oblivion. It's too late for us to be saved.
     
  5. Recipe7

    Recipe7 TS Booster Posts: 143

    Let's start paying hospitals to do what bad parents can't, wonderful.
     
  6. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    it's been quite easy for me to get away from my computer lately with all the crap i've had to wade through :)
     
  7. sagejay

    sagejay TS Rookie Posts: 24

    I got to admit, I procrastinated a lot when I'm on the computer. But I guess if worst comes to worst, I'll throw away my computer =(
     
  8. yorro

    yorro TS Booster Posts: 251

    PC or Online addiction has a very low withdrawal time frame. Just go to some vacation on your parents house, by the time you get back you have completely forgotten all about it.
     
  9. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,558   +598

    So much for parental control, eh?
     
  10. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    :( I think I can dig myself out...just watch!
     
  11. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,106   +97

    If your 12 year old is addicted to their phone, the web, or video games, you need a parenting class and/or a swift kick to the gonads.
     
  12. Thompson

    Thompson TS Rookie Posts: 65

    It's a serious problem and it's incredibly hard to get away from with the amount of technology and computers that are everywhere in day-to-day life.
     
  13. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,902   +528

    This kind of clinic should have been opened a long time ago.
    I always watch kids destroying their computers just because they died in a game or the internet went down on youtube. ^_^
     
  14. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    Its funny... maybe... but I seriously consider the quality in a chick these days to be "how often is that phone in her face".
     
  15. kweeny

    kweeny TS Rookie

    High time this condition is recognized as a serious addiction and treatment meted out similar to other addiction cures/rehabilitation. Its an ever growing serious problem worldwide thats not being paid enough attention.
     
  16. rskapadia2294

    rskapadia2294 TS Rookie Posts: 102

    kinda strange!
    but will help many ppl! :p
     
  17. bigclick

    bigclick TS Rookie Posts: 49

    I just saw a cartoon where the driver of a car had crashed through a guardrail and continued to text his accident as he plunged over the cliff ... I'm no where near that. A phone is for talking, thats all I want. I am somewhat attached to the PC though.
     
  18. megrawab

    megrawab TS Rookie Posts: 93

    Call the doctor as "computer/cellphone psychiatrist"... wow...
     
  19. thebluemeaner

    thebluemeaner TS Rookie Posts: 64

    I guess a computer can be an addiction when you start neglecting all the other areas of your life, atm for me its a release from all those other areas...
     
  20. ravisunny2

    ravisunny2 TS Ambassador Posts: 1,980   +11

    With peer pressure, the kids can really put up a fight.

    I have had a bad year because my son felt the peer pressure.

    How many parents are willing to be labelled as old fashioned or outdated ?
     
  21. zaidpirwani

    zaidpirwani TS Rookie Posts: 74

    well, finally a cure....
     
  22. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 125

    Hahahaha, my entire college needs to go there ;]
     
  23. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,917   +684

    I do agree but I have seen first hand with friends that when parents do that they call the police and get them fined or worse case, inprisoned as a child beater! i'm not joking. Its stupid over here in the UK.
     
  24. Will they pay for a flight from San Antonio to London for my boyfriend- he needs to go ASAP
     
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