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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Instagram studies to veil the figure of “likes” to reduce the social pressure

Instagram poses obscure the total numeral of likes that get the publications. The intention is to give more importance at the content that at the popularity of the users to reduce, it is said, the social pressure that this means.

Marc Masip, director of Desconect@ Program, explains that one of the reasons to desire to have many likes is to feel accepted or more admired:

“Adolescents nowadays rely heavily on the ‘likes’ of the photos of their social networks. ‘Likes’ that make them more popular, more accepted, more belonging to a group, more admired …”

But everything changes when, on the other hand, you do not get the “likes” you wanted:

“When I have the” likes “or more everything is fantastic and I feel good. Generates adoption, I am happy … But when I do not have the likes that I wanted or what I expected, we are in a high level of frustration. ”

Marc Masip opens the 4th Forum “Health and Wellbeing” CajaCanarias in La Palma

On June 4, Masip inaugurated the IV Forum “Health and Wellbeing” that was held at the La Palma Cultural Space in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The director of Program Desconect@ began these days with the conference “Too many screens?” in which he analyzed the advantages and disadvantages of the daily use of technological devices between childhood and youth, providing useful advice and helping to resolve conflicts.

There are not many scenes like the following ones: That a baby be entertained with the tablet so that it can eat; that a father give his daughter’s cell phone to be calmer with his family or friends; that many teenagers spend whole evenings (and evenings) in front of a console or their new smartphone; can not avoid consulting our profiles at social networks, etc. To such an extent, this reality has arrived that the new National Strategy on Addictions includes those derived from the misuse of new technologies, videogames and online games, due to their potential risks to health and well-being: What should we know? What signs do you suspect of a compulsive use of the internet or of an addiction to videogames or online bets? How can we make use of healthy and beneficial technology for our life? In this new edition of the CajaCanarias Health and Wellbeing Forum, an important group of professionals will try to shed light on these issues and, where appropriate, teach the attendees to “Domesticate the screens”.


Digital Detox

One in five Spaniards is addicted to the internet and social networks. Our research has talked with people who suffer from this addiction and experts who give us the guidelines to avoid falling into these pathological uses of new technologies.

Once again, the Desconect@ Program is a reference when it comes to combating this epidemic, showing behavioral parameters and good patterns of use.

Below you can see the part of the program that addresses this aspect.

Good practices classes with the “Guardia Urbana”

Marc Masip gave training classes during two mornings to the Guardia Urbana de Barcelona on how to educate on the proper use of technologies.

Currently it is very difficult to define good behavior patterns in sensitive situations such as pronography, violence in the network, harassment through social networks, cyber bullying, etc … That is why the director of Program Desconect@ next to the body of security in Barcelona, ​​discussed the legality of these issues and the importance of how to deal with these more than possible scenarios.

Together we join forces for a regulated, controlled and above all EDUCATED technological age.

Gonzalo on his way to University

Gonzalo, is our first student who after two years makes the pre university exam and passes!

Now we just have to wait for the university path that our alumni wants to undertake, he will always have the open door of Desconect@ to count on us in whatever he needs.

Congratulations Gonzalo!

Enganchados al móvil

We published an interview made to the director of the Desconect@ Program Marc Masip last Friday June 14, “Enganchados al móvil”.

In it, Masip shows us some very worrying data, such as the fact that 66% of the population sleeps with the phone on in the room.

Next, he gives us a series of guidelines for having an adequate use of the mobile phone without falling into addiction due to the excessive use of it.

We provide you here in link to read the interview.


66% of the population sleeps with the phone on in the room