What happens if you decide to take your child's phone

Drugs, alcohol, play, even junk food are some of the words that come to our mind when we think of addictions. That consumption of certain products that we cannot abandon for reasons of psychological or physiological dependence. In the 80s and early 90s, for example, heroin took thousands of young people ahead in Spain. The opioid epidemic, especially in U.S, he continues, perhaps because human beings, inevitably, carry in our character the 'gene' of the inordinate hobby of something.

More and more people will probably include smartphones in your mental list. You only need to take a look around us when we travel by bus, buy or walk along the street: everyone with whom we cross looks down, his finger slides across the screen to continue watching Instagram stories, WhatsApp conversations or opinions on Twitter. And again, as happened in the 80s and 90s, young people are the group in which the focus has been most focused, with concern.

A sample with 42,000 young people

A study of King's College London, carried out by psychiatrists, says that almost a quarter of young people depend so much on their mobile phones that this has become an investigation. The report explains that if they were denied access to their phone, they could acquire "violent" or "terrified" behaviors, like those of an addict when deprived of that which depends psychologically. He also warns that this addiction has serious consequences for mental health, reports 'BBC'.

Many young people, if they are denied access to their phone, can acquire violent behaviors just like those of an addict

The study was published in 'BMC Psychiatry' and a total of 42,000 young people were involved. He discovered that 23% of them had a behavior with their phone that coincided with that of an addiction, and included characteristics such as anxiety about not being able to use it, far exceeding the indicated time to use it or using it at times that could put other activities at risk.

Such addictive behavior could be related to other problems such as stress, depression, lack of sleep and reduced performance in school. "It's a fact that smartphones have come to stay," he explains Nicola Kalk, one of the authors of the report, of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience King's College, "is therefore necessary to understand the problems that can cause excessive use. We do not know if it is the phone itself that can be addictive or the applications used," he adds.

Addictive behavior could be related to other problems such as stress, depression or lack of performance in school

"It is necessary to publicly raise awareness about its use to children and young people, and parents should also know how much time do your children spend with the phone"he added." Addictions can have serious consequences on mental health and daily functioning, so we need to do more research on this, "something that has also refuted Amy Orben, a researcher at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge: "There is still much to know, it has already been shown in the past that no causal connections should be made between the use of telephones and, for example, depression Its effects are not a one-way street, but it is true that mood can affect the amount of time you use it"he explained.