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Web Addiction Gets Conscripts Out of Army

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posted on Aug, 4 2004 @ 11:58 AM
This is fu#@$*^ unbelievable!!!

HELSINKI (Reuters) - A number of Finnish conscripts have been excused their full term of military service because they are addicted to the Internet, the Finnish Defense Forces said Tuesday.

Doctors have found the young men miss their computers too much to cope with their compulsory six months in the forces.

"For people who play (Internet) games all night and don't have any friends, don't have any hobbies, to come into the army is a very big shock," said Commander-Captain Jyrki Kivela at the military conscription unit.

"Some of (the conscripts) go to the doctor and say they can't stay. Sometimes, the doctors have said they have an Internet addiction," Kivela said.

There are no official figures for the Internet addict dropout rate.

"They get sent home for three years and after that they have to come back and we ask if they are OK ... they will have had time to grow up," Kivela said.

Finland called up 26,500 men in 2003, nine percent of whom were relieved of duty for medical reasons.

However, the Internet drop-outs have not dented national pride in "sisu," a Finnish quality of being tough and resilient.

"We are very proud of our Finnish men. Eight-two percent of all Finnish men manage their whole military service," Kivela said.

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[edit on 8/4/2004 by LadyV]

posted on Aug, 4 2004 @ 12:47 PM
Very odd. I did not know that it was a real addiction. On another note, why the hell does Finland have a policy of conscription? Are they at war or something?

posted on Aug, 4 2004 @ 01:33 PM
I do feel a little sick sometimes.. thinking about it I think this might be some sort of addiction, I can't seem to stop signing online and checking out real fun websites and chatting with friends.

wow.. I have a problem.


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