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China Opens Summer Camp For Internet Addicts

It's just been announced that China will open an experimental summer camp to treat forty children between the ages of 14 and 22 who suffer from internet addiction. The camp's primarily goal will be addressing "personality problems" that have led to their addiction like fear, depression, unwillingness to interact with others, panic, and agitation. Considering about 13 percent of China's 20 million internet users under 18 are classified as being "addicts," this camp's opening couldn't come at a better time. The government has been trying to combat this national problem by banning new Internet cafes and enforcing gaming restrictions. If these things pop up in America I might be in trouble. via Uber Review
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PinkNC PinkNC 10 years
I would think they would have this in America first.
cindeerella cindeerella 10 years
i read about the chinese putting kids into institutes where they use electric shock "therapy" to help kids get over their internet "addiction". it's sooo crazy... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8430811/
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
Wow, this does seem a bit extravagant.
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 10 years
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4137782.stm
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 10 years
Have you guys not heard about the people who die playing World of Warcraft because they don't stop for days straight. This is a serious concern.
steen steen 10 years
Wow. This is... a sign of the times.
ButterflyTiff ButterflyTiff 10 years
How can these kids get addicted? Don't their parents take any responsibility at all? I mean really - don't buy them a game system in the first place - monitor their computer use - don't allow them to use them for games....
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
at least at that age you'd be able to admit yourself to this thing - who wants to admit they have an addiction though? not me... :)
katie10 katie10 10 years
Oh, gosh. I have glasses that look like the guy's on the right. I hope I don't look like him when I'm at my computer... not that I'm Asian or a guy. haha.
jhuck jhuck 10 years
I'm sure my roomate would sign the papers to send me away to one of these camps. I'm not addicted...just bored!
cuttygary cuttygary 10 years
im addicted to sex lol
ktjones ktjones 10 years
this sounds like as much crap as being addicted to sex!
marley11 marley11 10 years
haha the face on the guy on the left just kills me.
1stharbinger 1stharbinger 10 years
That sounds like bullshit to me. Does internet addiction exist? Probably. But 13%? I'm skeptical.
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