China: 2 million teens hooked on Web – Reuters

From Reuters, via CNN:

Chinese teenagers are getting addicted to the Internet and taking to crime at a younger age than in any other country, state media reported on Wednesday.

Of China’s 18.3 million teen Internet users, more than 2 million were addicts, with “good kids who impress their parents and teachers” the most vulnerable to the affliction, the China Daily said, citing a study by the Communist Youth League.

“Internet addicts in China are as many as 10 years younger than those in the West. They are more susceptible,” the daily quoted Gao Wenbin, a psychology researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a top government think tank, as saying.

Most Internet addicts were male and aged between 15 and 20, Gao said, with as many as 15 percent of those in large cities needing “urgent help”. [Full Text]

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