Boot Camp for Web Addicted Youths

Martin Fackler wrote an interesting article for The New York Times about a boot camp/rehab in South Korea for troubled youths battling a deadly addiction: the Internet!

Up to 30 percent of South Koreans under 18, or about 2.4 million people, are at risk of Internet addiction, said Ahn Dong-hyun, a child psychiatrist at Hanyang University in Seoul who just completed a three-year government-financed survey of the problem.

They spend at least two hours a day online, usually playing games or chatting. Of those, up to a quarter million probably show signs of actual addiction, like an inability to stop themselves from using computers, rising levels of tolerance that drive them to seek ever longer sessions online, and withdrawal symptoms like anger and craving when prevented from logging on.

Link (Photo: Seokyong Lee for The New York Times)


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2 hours is pretty tame. I wonder if they have a TV addiction group, I'm sure there are a lot more people who spend more than 2 hours a day watching TV than playing on the computer.
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