The so-called phenomenon of “vampire boys” attached to the web, a problem that is certainly not new but that the isolation due to the lockdown and Dad is bringing out in a worrying way, was at the center of a conference organized by the Ars Medica Foundation, “arm “cultural” of the Medici Order of Venice. The meeting was an opportunity to take stock of this phenomenon and the actions to be taken to try to combat it. To do this, the experts started from the results that emerged from a survey carried out at a high school in Conegliano, in the province of Treviso. (COVID: THE LATEST NEWS LIVE – COVID VACCINE: DATA AND GRAPHICS ON ADMINISTRATIONS IN ITALY, REGION BY REGION)
The results of the survey
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The research, conducted by Maria Serena among the 367 students of the school, revealed that more than one in three boys (35.7%) chat, surf social media, watch online videos or TV series after midnight “out of boredom,” loneliness, sadness but also for the simple lack of tiredness “, often without the family knowing it and with consequences that could then weigh on the psycho-physical development.
According to experts, this is a problem that for some adolescents is beginning to take on the profile of an addiction, and which is likely to grow in the coming years. “We realize this when they come to the observation of the operators for the effects of sleep deprivation: fatigue, generalized malaise, drop in school performance, appetite changes, up to mood disorders, aggression, drug and drug abuse. exciting substances “, explained Emanuela Malorgio, pediatrician expert in sleep disorders.
The possible answers
According to Silvia Faggian and Diego Saccon, addiction services specialists of Ulss 3 Serenissima and Ulss 4 Veneto Orientale, to try to hinder this phenomenon, it will be necessary to equip oneself on the territory “with adequate treatment methods and spaces, given also the age of the subjects involved “.
It will also be fundamental to be able to involve parents, recalling families to their educational responsibility or educating them to a responsible use of technological devices. The answer to this problem will also pass through the creation of a network in the area between families, operators, doctors and teachers, with the aim of being able to identify the signs of the problem early.
The Enpam “Piazza della Salute” project is moving towards this direction, conceived to study the phenomenon in the territories, involving schools and organizing awareness-raising initiatives.