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The Chinese approach to internet addiction

Glad I'm not Chinese:

"Combining sympathy with discipline, a military-style boot camp near Beijing is at the front-line of China's battle against Internet addiction, a disorder afflicting millions of the nation's youth....Patients, overwhelmingly male and aged 14 to 19, wake up in common dormitories at 6.15 am to do morning calisthenics and march on the cracked concrete grounds wearing khaki fatigues....Many of the Internet addicts here have rarely considered other peoples' feelings. The military training allows them to feel what it's like to be a part of a team," said Xu Leiting, a psychologist at the hospital. "It also helps their bodies recover and makes them stronger"....China's health authorities, however, have few illusions about placing Internet addiction on a par with alcoholism, drug-taking and gambling.The effects are the same," Tao said. "Some addicts drop out of school, some mug people for money, steal and sell their families' things to keep playing games. Some end up killing themselves because they feel life has no point".

Perhaps the parents of the little darlings would find enrolling them in the Chinese Army a lot cheaper - I hear they are looking for a few good men.

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Blogger The Hitch said... 12:56 pm

I wouldnt mind going to China to see a public execution The saudis dont allow foriegners to watch, wonder if brother chink does?  

Blogger Newmania said... 3:16 pm

Nice Hitch

Some end up killing themselves because they feel life has no point".

Wimps they are right but thats no reaosn not to wander the earth. I recommend doing so as an empty husk laughing when there is nothing funny and disturbed only by the vertiginous horror of meaninglessness.

It works for me  

Blogger The Hitch said... 4:34 pm

It wouldn't bother me one bit to watch the execution of a murderer or a rapist , in fact I would be delighted to lend a hand.
The Chinese are getting a bit soft though , they have started to use execution vans rather than the traditional -and in my opinion , more humane- method of a bullet to the back of the head.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:38 pm

Can't say I'd have the stomach for watching a public execution (I have not watched the Saddam video), so feel free to point and jeer.  

Anonymous verity said... 12:03 am

D'accord, Croydonian. I haven't watched the Saddam video either. Not just because it is gruesome, but I feel dying is private. The last private act of a human being. Anything other humans do when someone is going to meet their final judge is utterly superfluous.

And dare I say, I'm not sure the Chinese are wrong on this, although compulsion would probably be wrong. But if these boys' parents sent them to camp to get them off the computer and playstations and put some vim as boys back into them, I don't think that would be such a bad idea. Boys that age should be running about being objectionable.  

Anonymous Steven_L said... 4:04 am

My mates brother is an internet gaming addict. Rather than spend a few weeks building up his character for the game he paid $20 to some Chinese company that make productive use of these addicts you mention.  

Blogger Newmania said... 9:20 am

I didn"t watch the execution for much the same reasons as verity. I don`t have an objection to the death penalty , quite the reverse but to watch it for fun seems rather disgusting .
I notice the Liberal crew could not wait to pick it over  

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