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In a treatment that equates Internet addicts to mentally ill people, China is giving electric shocks to people who spend more time on the Internet than required.
The Chinese government has launched a nationwide campaign to treat "Internet addiction" and many Internet-addiction clinics have been opened in this regard.
A recent survey found that nearly 14 percent of teens in China are vulnerable to becoming addicted to the Internet.
The "addicts" are treated by counseling, military discipline, drugs, hypnosis and mild electric shocks. The clinic also has metal grates and padlocks on every door and bars on every window
Now the country is turning its attention to fighting another, supposed addiction -- one that has been blamed in the state-run media for a murder over virtual property earned in an online game, for a string of suicides and for the failure of youths in their studies.
The Chinese government in recent months has joined South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam in taking measures to try to limit the time teens spend online. It has passed regulations banning youths from Internet cafes and has implemented control programs that kick teens off networked games after five hours.
There's a global controversy over whether heavy Internet use should be defined as a mental disorder, with some psychologists, including a handful in the United States, arguing that it should be. Backers of the notion say the addiction can be crippling, leading people to neglect work, school and social lives.
and if you remember there have been a few deaths related to "internet abuse", when young boys were found dead on their keyboards, for playing a game for 24 hours straight. Or killed each other for virtual possessions.
Originally posted by ShAuNmAn-X
Those cases have happened. The 24 hours awake thing seems rare. Killing on the other hand. Look at 15-17 years ago, kids were killing each other over their Reebok Pumps. That's not really a problem that can be attributed to the internet, or the shows in the case I pointed out. It's a problem with society. The thing that intrigues me is yes internet addiction is a real problem, but whet are China's criteria for diagnosing that someone's addicted to the internet? It's probably part of their campaign to restrict the internet IMO. Addiction can be treated but how do you define addiction in terms of hours or usage? I'm willing to bet that most of us on this forum fall under China's criteria for internet addiction
Originally posted by dgtempe
Why not just a complete lobotomy?
Originally posted by ShAuNmAn-X
I still think they are nuts though
In China, Stern Treatment For Young Internet 'Addicts'
A 12-year-old boy is treated with a series of low-voltage shocks in a therapy that doctors at an Internet addiction clinic in China say helps patients sleep better.
Originally posted by Souljah
Actually in China "internet addicts" are being looked at like drug and alcohol addicts, which have also been targetted by the Chinese goverment. Apparently "internet addiction" is a problem in China: