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A large number of young people consider themselves addicts. According to the data of the report ‘Ditrendia: Mobile in Spain and in World 2020’, young people under 25 years of age spend on average more than 6 hours a day on social networks or messaging apps (WhatsApp remains the most downloaded and has more active users), a dependency that can lead to other consequences, either in the form of distancing from family or friends, a reduction in rest time or an increase in irritability.
For some years now, it has been warning of the increase in this type of behavior, what is the reason for this increase?
One of the possible keys is the increasing accessibility to this technology, being very simple and instantaneous.
Any young person from anywhere, simply with a smartphone, has access to a profile on networks, where they can take a new look at the number of likes of their last publication, continue with that game that almost leaves them without sleeping the night before or check if Some contact has sent you something in one of the many WhatsApp groups.
Bets on-line: it is not a kid’s game
One of the big problems that this excessive relationship with technology entails is addiction to games on-line. This type of games is one of the strongest addictions that young people suffer today, being chance the factor that makes them so addictive.
As with the rest of the activities carried out through new technologies, its immediate access, from anywhere and anonymously, make it an addiction that can go unnoticed. However, according to the Foundation for Help against Drug Addiction (FAD), young people represent 50% of the total number of people who gamble. on-line.
How can we prevent young people from developing an addiction to gambling on-line?
The bets on-line they can have irreversible effects on young people who fall into its clutches. Therefore, from home we can follow a series of guidelines and tips to detect and prevent this addiction and stop this behavior, which can have negative effects on the development of minors, their health and socialization:
- Encourage the responsible and moderate use of games of chance. Failure to use responsibly can lead to persistent and impulsive behavior to the point where you use gambling to escape your troubles.
- Connect with them to know their actions, and thus detect a risk situation. A good connection between parents and children is the foundation for a solid education, based on respect. It is also the reason why children accept advice from their parents and trust them to accompany them in their daily lives.
- Teach them how to manage their money and the value of things. Lack of financial education can make young people more vulnerable to waste, fraud, or hiring toxic services.
- Promote the disconnection of technology through recreational activities such as excursions, concerts or sports. It is necessary to be firm, set limits, promote healthy use, with rules and reach a consensus.
- Enhance your critical spirit, especially in the field of advertising. Interpreting advertising with a critical spirit can be encouraged from the family environment. This will reduce the vulnerability of certain advertising messages.
- Encourage the taking of responsibilities at home to enhance their maturity. A responsible young person will know better what to do and the proper way to proceed without having to be sent.
Families must be prepared and able to offer minors good guidance, since the dangers posed by gambling for young people on-line they are more difficult to appreciate than the risks of other types of recreational activities.
‘For a Love Use of Technology’ New technologies are not the enemy
The ideal scenario is that this relationship with technology is as healthy as possible, enjoying the many benefits it offers, but without turning its use into a toxic behavior, let us remember that the brain responds in a very similar way to certain technological stimuli as if whether it was a gambling or drug addiction.
It may be difficult to establish that specific point at which the relationship with technology becomes harmful, but we can identify bad habits that give us more or less clear signals that something unusual is happening: if the time spent on ICTs (social networks, chats, internet …) begin to prevent or hinder fundamental activities (such as eating, sleeping or relating normally) if their social life is practically nil or they get angry easily … if any of this begins to happen, perhaps it is a good time to talk with our son or daughter and, if we see that there is a problem, visit a specialist.
What should be clear is that technology is not an enemy in itself. The danger lies in the time of dedication, in an incorrect use, so it is necessary to find the intermediate point where the use of technology is to advance, entertain, foster relationships, seek information … but without affecting freedom . For this reason, Orange, through its initiative ‘For a Love Use of Technology’, aware of the current concern, aims to raise awareness, both among young people and their parents, about the responsible and safe use of the Internet and the digital devices.