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Electronic Heroin

An inside look at a controversial rehabilitation center in China that is “deprogramming” teenagers who are addicted to the Internet.

Compulsive Internet use is a serious addiction. One Chinese man spent two months straight in an Internet café; another died after playing online games for 40 hours without a break. Dong Nguyen, the creator of the insanely popular game Flappy Birds removed it from circulation because it was too addictive.

China was among the first to label “Internet addiction” a clinical disorder. This New York Times video shows the inner workings The Internet Addiction Treatment Center, a controversial rehabilitation center where Chinese teenagers are “deprogrammed.” Their approach is extreme; it’s hard to imagine a center like this in North America being legal. But they sure are taking internet addiction seriously.

Let us know what you think of this disturbing video in the comment section below.

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Visitor Comments: 14

(10) Isaacson, February 20, 2014 2:34 PM

this is not about internet addiction

Nothing in the video had to do with internet addiction, it was about video game addiction only.

Anonymous, April 23, 2014 2:07 PM

You're right! Can someone please address this point?

There are a few different issues here:
1. Internet addiction in general
2. Electronic games
3. Issues that can help with

They should not all be mushed into one problem, as they are different and require different solutions.

(9) Chana Parnes, February 20, 2014 11:45 AM

Very disturbing

It's crazy how deep one can sink into an addiction. American internet addicts clearly would need a more lenient approach to rehabilitation than this Chinese method.
I like what Duvid Chaim said about

(8) Orah, February 20, 2014 6:50 AM

Abusive and useless

From the perspective of efficacy, a program like this is likely to be totally useless. Abusive prorams like this induce trauma in their participants. A truamatized person is likely to seek solace through withdrawal from society, which is exactly the problem that these programs are supposed to treat. (I am a psychotherapist)

(7) Duvid Chaim, February 17, 2014 9:16 PM

There is a SOLUTION!

Having found myself addicted to the Internet and inappropriate sites, I joined SA about 10 years ago. Then I found I learned that the Internet was NOT my problem, it was my SOLUTION. Thanks to the 12 Step Program, I learned that the underlying Resentments and Fears led me to seeking the "comfort" of my addiction. Boruch Hashem, there is a REAL SOLUTION. Please join me and thousands of others who have found Freedom, Serenity and Recovery.

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