The strong dependence on mobile phones

Eva Gómez, director of the Hospital Día Desconecta, warns that “there are people spending between 16 and 18 hours watching their mobile phones, playing video games”.

This is the case of a young girl who was addicted to her mobile phone and gradually deteriorated her personal relationships and replaced them with her phone. She started therapy two years ago because she recognized her mobile addiction. Like her, there are thousands of young people who have easy access to new technologies from a very early age, generating a strong dependency.

Eva Gómez points out that you have to be alert when you perceive “sudden changes in mood, a lot of emotional instability, when they are isolated or do not communicate”.

To see the case of this young woman, click here

Conferencia Barcelona Activa

Marc Masip gave a Master class for the Barcelona city council at the Barcelona Activa facilities where mothers and fathers, teachers, psychologists and different professionals in the sector were able to attend Masip’s reflections.
In them, the expert psychologist, advised on the detection of addiction to new technologies, how to alleviate and work this addiction and suggested behavioral guidelines for the proper use of new technologies.
The participation and interaction of Masip with the participants was very active, favoring the great dynamism of the class.
The conference room had an absolute full of 150 attendees and since they could not attend more people by capacity, the MASTER CLASS will be repeated in December.
See you there those who didn’t have the chance to attend!

Jordi Évole interviews the director of Desconect@ Psychological Institute, Marc Masip and his therapeutic group of adolescents

The program deals with the current problems regarding the abuse we make of the mobile phone and the lack of human relations since the appearance of smartphones.

Almost finishing the program, Jordi Évole admits being addicted to Twitter and Marc proposes a therapy …

You can see part of the Salvados interview again.


The mobile in school classrooms

Should the use of mobile phones be prohibited in schools?

If we do, will we turn our backs on the technological era we live in?

Marc Masip, director of Desconect@ Program, participates in the RTVE debate about whether or not to use the mobile phone in classrooms.

Click here to listen again to the different positions.

Mobile and children with Marc Masip: “Mobile is the hero of the 21st century”

Marc Masip talks in Catalonia Radio about mobile addiction and how it affects the little ones. The psychologist and director of Desconect@ Psychological Institute believes that the solution must go through education, training and limits. These limits should go through some kind of legislation as was done in the day with alcohol or tobacco.

Enter here to listen again the whole interview.

21% of the Spanish adolescents are addicted to smartphone

Marc Masip, director of the Psychological Institute Desconect@, talks us of the concept of nomofobiaat the program of  “a la carta”.

During the conversation with the speaker, Masip facilitates us the symptoms of detection: Syndrome of abstinence, Substitution of activities, Negation of the addiction.  When these anomalies are detected is time to deal with the addiction and impose methods to eradicate it.

A reporter from the TV show goes to the ground at the street at asking citizens the use they give to their smartphones, some of their responses do not cease to surprise us!

Do not miss the video to know the digital diet for this summer!

The number of young people who think that jealousy and control of their partner’s mobile phone is a ‘love test’ increases

In an increasingly technological society, the latest Barometer of Youth and Gender, the number of young people who consider themselves feminists has increased, but also that of controllers with traditional positions.
However, this boom is directly related to the increase in distrust of our partner. As Marc Masip, psychologist and director of Desconect@ Program says, increases by 25% people who see jealousy as a test of love and those who think it is normal to look at their partner’s mobile.

Is it advisable for children to spend more time in front of screens in summer?

Marc Masip gives us in Qustodio (application of parental control on the Internet) a series of recommendations on the use of screens in summer that will allow us to find the right balance and enjoy the freedom of holidays without falling into digital addictions or resorting to the technology to combat summer boredom:

  • Do not allow your children to spend more time in front of the screen in summer. The fact that children have more free time does not mean that they have to pass it in front of the screen. It is a spiral that ends up creating bad habits that cost to change when the summer is over.
  • Do not use technology as a negotiation tool. It is easier said than done, but resists the temptation to use screens as punishment or reward. This strategy can easily become a blackmail and is not the proper way to educate your children. Getting good grades, being good at a sport or helping with housework allows them to develop their personality and should not condition the time they spend in front of the screen.
  • Do not give up. Normally, parents give up for two reasons: because we believe that giving our children what they want we are helping them, or because we end up giving in to their insistence. Children are experts in the art of getting what they want. Set rules and make sure they are met throughout the year. It is something absolutely essential and the true golden rule of parents when it comes to the use of screens. Keep in mind that setting rules does not mean our children can not use technology. If we prohibit it, we will only get them to rebel.
  • Encourage outdoor activities! I refuse to believe that children prefer to be alone in front of a screen instead of spending time with their friends. It is very important that we encourage them to do so. We should suggest activities, insist, be there when they need us and spend time with them. Unfortunately, there are children who do not even have the opportunity to go to the beach and meet their friends or interact face to face with other children. As this article in the New York Times explains, spending time outdoors and socializing with other people has ended up becoming a kind of luxury. Whatever your income level, do everything possible to prevent your children from spending their vacations locked up at home.

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