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

From the Observer:

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

Like the other young men being treated there, Qing is an addict. Most are addicted to games, and some to online . 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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