Teens today are more connected to their technology than previous generations have ever had a capability to be. In a world where opioid medications and addiction is claiming more lives than other causes of death it seems less than tactful to equate the use of a telephone, albeit a smartphone, to an addiction. However, professionals seem to feel that phone addiction is real. Compulsive technology use has altered children’s and adolescents’ brains in a way hard amphetamine drugs do. Waking up in the middle of the night, staying up all hours of the night, experiencing symptoms like withdrawal. Many videos and stories circulate the internet of children bordering on insanity when their technological devices are taken away. Numerous apps have been developed which can monitor adolescents’ activity on their smart phone, block apps and websites, or even remotely shut the phone down. Now, a Japanese company has created a case which helps parent’s shut down their teen’s obsession with the iPhone. Mashable reports on the “Otomos”. Primarily, the Otomos is a phone app which can only be removed with a special kind of screw. “Otomos pairs up with an app that allows parents to limit the child’s daily phone usage,” the website explains. “If the child exceeds their daily limit, the phone will automatically enter sleep mode.” Additionally, the phone case has built in motion detectors. When a child is walking or on the move, the phone is deactivated. Otomos can also send an automatic message to the parents’ phones when there is a shock detected, indicating the child has dropped their phone, or potentially been in an accident. Parents are often at odds about how far is too far when it comes to managing their adolescent’s phone use and phone activity. Phones can be a tool for recovery when an adolescent has undergone treatment for addiction. Being able to call peers, use recovery support apps, and stay in touch with sponsors are important tools for recovery. Phones can also be tools for relapse. Connecting with drug dealers, older friends who provide drugs and alcohol, can be dangerously hidden signs of coming relapse. Studies have found that teens who spend too much time on social media can suffer from depression, anxiety, and severe body image issues.
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