China’s young escape into the web – Poppy Sebag-Montefiore

From the Observer:

Beijing Military Hospital has a 6am wake-up call; Qing is the first to respond. He was brought to the hospital by his parents after he tried to stab one of his classmates. The 17-year-old has been diagnosed as suffering from a new disease emerging in a time of China’s prosperity.

Like the other young men being treated there, Qing is an addict. Most are addicted to internet games, and some to online chat rooms. Their preoccupation has cost them their studies, their health and their sanity. A third of those in Qing’s ward became violent, caught up as they were in their virtual worlds.

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