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Addicted to the Internet?

In Health on March 10, 2009 at 3:47 am

If you browse the Internet for more than 6 hours a day for three straight months, then congratulations, you have been diagnosed with Internet Addiction, an official disorder as defined China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

Don’t worry, though, you can be cured!

As reported in Times Magazine, parents in China are sending their kids to the Internet Addiction Center, a sort of rehab/military boot camp for anybody defined with the disorder. Over 3,000 young adult/adolescents have been sent to the Center for treatment.

When I read the article, I was astonished. Possibly a majority of college students could be classified under the PLA’s definition. With my Internet behavior, I would be sent to the camp in a jippy, especially considering I not only go to college, but work for a Web-based company. With the Internet and computers dominating our lives more and more everyday, who wouldn’t be considered “abnormal” in the PLA’s eye?

And to be subjected to military-styled boot camp sounds a little extreme. It sounds more like the parents are temporarily curing the problem, instead of solving the problem. What are these kids going to do with their lives after coming out of rehab?

–Posted by Evelina Giang

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