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Sunday April 16, 2017

Children as Young as 13 Are Now Attending "Smartphone Rehab"

The best punishment you can hand down to kids these days may be taking away their digital devices, as they are all reportedly addicted to them. It’s gotten so bad that rehab centers are now offering courses on how to recover from smartphone usage. Is this a true addiction we are talking about, though, or are tablets and such just super entertaining?

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آ…in the US, the problem has become so severe for some families that children as young as 13 are being treated for digital technology addiction. One "smartphone rehab" center near Seattle has started offering residential "intensive recovery programs" for teenagers who have trouble controlling their use of electronic devices. The Restart Life Center says parents have been asking it to offer courses of treatment to their children for more than eight years. Hilarie Cash, the Center’s founder, told Sky News smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices can be so stimulating and entertaining that they "override all those natural instincts that children actually have for movement and exploration and social interaction."