Italy may send teens to rehab for phone addiction

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The Italian government is considering a law that would send teens to rehab for cellphone addiction.

According to the "Sun" newspaper, Italy is launching a crackdown on what it calls "nomo-phobia."

That's the fear of losing your phone and having no internet connection. Italian officials say eight out of 10 kids suffer from it. 

The bill would also create education programs for parents to detect excessive phone use in children.

According to a study done by the National Association of Technological Dependance, half of Italians aged 15-20 consult their mobile phones at least 75 times a day. Studies also show that 80 percent of Italian children aged between three and five are allowed to use their parents' smartphones.

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