Internet addiction

China’s Web Junkies

The New York Times’ Op-Doc series goes inside a treatment facility outside Beijing treating...

China’s Online Population Rises to 591 Million

According to new figures from the China Internet Network Information Center, there are now 591 million Internet users in China. AP reports: China’s population of Internet users has grown to 591 million, driven by a 20...

Internet Addicts Stage Uprising at China Boot Camp

AFP reports: A group of young Chinese web addicts staged a mutiny at an Internet “boot camp”, tying up their instructor and fleeing the facility over its tough military-like techniques, state media said Tuesday. The...

China Bans Physical Punishment for Internet Addicts

The Chinese government has banned the use of any physical punishment in Chinese internet addiction clinics: Many of the camps are imbued with a military atmosphere. Patients are forced to replace hours in front of the computer...

Video: Escape from a Net Addiction Center

Danwei translates a video parodying treatments for Internet addiction: The clips that make up this spoof are taken from the CCTV program “War With the Internet Demon” (战网魔), broadcast in 2008. The program was...

Editor Sacked for Report on Death at Internet Rehab Camp

China Daily is reporting that an editor whose paper reported on the death of a teenager at an Internet addiction rehab clinic has been fired by local officials: Liu first broke the story about the beating death of 15-year-old...

An SOS from Internet Addiction Center Inmates

Following the death of a teenager in an Internet addiction clinic, Southern Metropolis Daily visited a related facility in Guangzhou. Danwei translates: When the reporter arrived outside the rear wall of the school, children on...

China Bans Electro-shock Therapy for Internet Addicts

Good news for China’s Internet addicts. From Reuters: China has banned electro-shock therapy as a treatment for Internet addiction, citing uncertainty in the safety and effectiveness of the practice after criticism in the...

China’s Parents Try Shock Tactics To Cure Net ‘Addicts’

From The Sunday Times: Chinese teenagers hooked on the internet are being subjected to electro-shock therapy at a clinic that claims they will be “reborn” free of the obsession. However, its harsh methods have caused an outcry...

China Soul Searches its Obsession with Internet Addiction

David Bandurski of China Media Project has pulled together a number of comments on the highly criticized treatment methods used by Yang Yongxin in a Chinese Internet addiction clinic. Yang’s measures included, for one,...

China’s Tough-Love Approach to Internet Addiction

Many Chinese teenagers are sent to a military compound in Beijing by their parents to detox from an Internet obsession, from Time: Even though it was just before Lunar New Year–the most important family holiday on the...



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