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They are young and addicted to the WhatsApp. They have between 14 and 16 years. They have no notion of time. They are isolated. They become violent. Without mobile phone, they suffer withdrawal symptoms.


The council  of Mislata, Valencia, is the first 4 cases of young people addicted to this messaging service, used by 88 percent of Spanishs 


Some of the young people in treatment “are nervous, become violent, shout, or give blows”. Then it is when parents are alarmed, says an expert.

He is a behavioral addiction, such as compulsive shopping, sex or the game.

It is not caused by a substance like alcohol or tobacco.


These guys, at first there are that remove the mobile, but the important thing is to “teach them to use it”, explains psychologist Enrique Madrid:

“They are digital natives and you can not say they that never again will be able to use the mobile”.

Treatment is not simple and there is not still health resources to treat it.

Day without Mobile Phone

The  municipality of Mislata has proposed to carry out a day without mobile phone  in secondary schools.

Addiction prevention unit has a school to train parents in this new addiction prevention.

30 April 2016, EFE/Practicaespanol


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