New technology could put more pressure on families during the already manic festive season, after warnings from psychologists over FAT syndrome which, incidentally, is not related to an overindulgence in Christmas pudding.
According to Dr David Lewis, author of Information Overload, new gadgets in Christmas stockings this year could cause increased instances of what has been dubbed Festive Anxiety due to Technology syndrome.
Lewis said that parents could come under extreme pressure when trying to work out how to use new technology, but would rather suffer in silence than admit to their kids that they are technophobes. He believes that parents are feeling left behind because their children often understand how to use new devices far better than they do.
The warning comes only a week after another doctor said that Christmas could also see children injuring themselves from extended gaming sessions on their freshly delivered Dreamcasts, or if they're really lucky, PlayStation 2s.
Dr Diana Macgregor said 'Nintendonitis' could leave many children with repetitive strain injury from an overuse of the control pads that accompany games consoles.
She referred to the case of an 11 year-old boy who ended up in casualty with severe pains in his forearms, which prevented him from writing. Macgregor said that parents should be made aware of the problem so as to avoid similar cases this Christmas.
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