Since Internet addiction disorder (IAD) was first introduced by Dr. Goldberg as a new type of addiction in 1995, Internet addiction has been widely covered. Research has been published; diagnostic standards as well as solutions have been proposed.
Currently in China there are 140 million Internet users. The press thoroughly discusses this issue, in particular adolescent Internet addiction. But most news articles depict the negative and pathological usage.
China Youth Daily published two articles, one written by Chen Weiwei (Èôà‰ºü‰ºü) from the Zhejiang Education Institute and the other by a Beijing resident Xiao Yunian (ËêßÈõ®Âπ¥), on August 19. They project a different point of view. They both claim that these reports are escalating prejudice against Internet use, which is in turn driving anxious parents to cut their kids off from the Internet. These biased reports are depicting juveniles as Internet victims, even stigmatizing them as addicts. They also analyzes the formation of this stigma. [Full Text]