Electric Shock For Internet Addicts In China.

@polachicago (19073)
United States
February 24, 2007 2:34pm CST
"In a treatment that equates Internet addicts to mentally ill people, China is giving electric shocks to people who spend more time on the Internet than required. The Chinese government has launched a nationwide campaign to treat "Internet addiction" and many Internet-addiction clinics have been opened in this regard. " Daxing, China (AHN) Treatment costs at least US$1,300 a month, which is ten times the average monthly Chinese salary. I am wondering how they find addicted people? How many of mylot'ers will qualify?
8 people like this
19 responses
@Dolcerina (3379)
• Hungary
25 Feb 07
I read a lot about China. Because I heard terribly things about how things going on. I suppose there is an institute, which checking the internet usage continuosly asif I heard something ...., or maybe it can be the one from the Chinese lies, they want to proove how this communist country is better, than the western countries.
3 people like this
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
"A survey by the China Youth Association for Network Development found 13 per cent of young people with access to the web are online for more than 38 hours a week a level agreed among health professionals worldwide as indicating "Internet addiction disorder."
1 person likes this
@jbrooks0127 (2326)
• United States
25 Feb 07
Wow what a story. Talk about ultimate control. Regardless of how addicted you are to the internet it is far from the goverments right to procecute you. I would say a lot of MyLot'ers would easily qualify. In that case I think the demand for proxy servers should really go up in China.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
The Communist Party of China (CPC) is still active. Yes, ultimate control is not good..they can make you crazy.
2 people like this
@lesterdsa (1647)
• India
24 Feb 07
no my god what on earth does china want to do it people go to thru this must be stopped
3 people like this
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Yes, it is not good.
1 person likes this
@maribea (2366)
• Italy
25 Feb 07
what news!!! I am really concerned about the health of these people, indeed...As a doctor, I am always reading medical literature and it often happens that I am surprised by some papers written by Chinese and Japanese, too...I mean that they sometimes happen to use heavy methods for doing things...I think it depends on the differences among our cultures but it is something to think about while studying...I think that this treatment is for people that are seriously ill, those we call having an obsession with something....an obsession is a part of a psychiatric disorder and it may be very disturbing....Anyway I hope they have a severe medical control on this procedure otherwise we will all undergo this treatment..I mean all of us who love staying here and talking to each others as soon as possible!!
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
"China is expected to surpass 160 million Internet users this year and authorities have responded with increasing urgency to what they see as an epidemic of sleep disorders, depression and even deaths caused by Internet overuse" I am wondering how they measure Internet overdose?
1 person likes this
@maribea (2366)
• Italy
25 Feb 07
wow...I am wondering how they can make the right diagnosis ,too!!!
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
That's the main question....
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I think if you tried to give electric shocks to all the Mylot addicts around the globe, the world would suffer a major power outage!
2 people like this
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
ha, ha...it is so funny.....
@vivek2006 (1419)
• India
25 Feb 07
Wow thats really surprising, who wants to be an internet addict in china now, i don't wanna be in china. I wonder if these shock treatments can really make one go off from using internet regularly. The treatment's cost is high too and i'm afraid it will not be a too successful option.
2 people like this
@patootie (3593)
25 Feb 07
If someone told me I would get a shock if I touched a computer I would forget I ever owned the flippin' thing .. shocks are extremely unpleasant however mild a dosage ..
• Philippines
25 Feb 07
omg...good thing im not a chinese...im still so lucky im living here in PI...omg! i spend almost 24 hours in the internet since my job is related to internet...what kind of government is that...omg...they are crazy people...how could they mistake internet addiction from mental illness...that just sucks big time...
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
They have many new regulations since October 06. The new draft also forbids minors from entering Internet cafes.
1 person likes this
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
25 Feb 07
You always come up very interesting posts polachicago. I often wonder where you source your information. I did hear out of China they have banned Youtube, but didn't hear anything on 'Internet addiction'. I have a friend in China and he is definitely addicted, I wonder if they'll target foreigner teachers, if so he should be careful.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
Teenagers in China are getting addicted to the Internet and taking to crime at a younger age than in any other country, acording to chineese government. Where I get my information? I start my day with coffee and news. I check Reuters, CNN, BBC, New York Times, China Daily....just to mane a few.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
28 Feb 07
thats a good question how do they find them? and why would they want to do this any how? To me a person should be able to stay on internet as long as they want . Do they time them or what how do they know if the puter was just left on like I do and go about business that needs done and come back to it? Have no idea about myloters qualifiying for this ha ha
1 person likes this
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I think they say it is an addiction if someone is on line for 8 hours a day....
@adidas7878 (2013)
• United States
27 Feb 07
that is something, i havent hear anything on it yet, my mom watch the news on tv everything she hasnt say anything about stuff like that, but i am suppose this true than if it is really happending, and i feel this is stupid for them to do that, i hope they are not being force to get the treatment.
1 person likes this
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
27 Feb 07
I am not sure if they are forced or not.
@vivekk20 (185)
• India
25 Feb 07
i m a psychiatrist . i have not ever heard that anywhere electroconvulsive therapy is being used as treatment for internet addiction. internet addiction is under discussion to be added as a mental disorder in diagnostic statistical method V ( DSM V). i have not heard such kind of trial ever occured.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I guess China invented something new.
@patootie (3593)
25 Feb 07
Blimey !! But just how long is too long I'm wondering .. Internet addiction clinics .. streuth whatever next .. and what a lot of money the 'treatment' costs .. surely it's just easier and cheaper to ration the electricity on the computer .. not give folks a few volts of shock hehehe !!
1 person likes this
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
lol, much cheaper....:)
@sunita64 (6473)
• India
25 Feb 07
My God, I can't believe this, Thank God I am not in China, then definately I would have got the shock. I am really sorry for the mylot people who are from China.
1 person likes this
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
maybe they are not addicted.
• United States
25 Feb 07
china's using the 'internet addiction' stuff to cut down on people decenting and seeing the outside world. consumerism among chinese is fine, searching for 'freedom' and 'democracy' is definately not.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I couldn't agree with you more.
@muntaha (376)
• Bangladesh
25 Feb 07
Is it really true. It is a direct attack to human right!! They can't do it!! What a story!
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
27 Feb 07
....yes, it is not nice...
@Chele2k2 (241)
25 Feb 07
That is absolutely shocking! (no pun intended) Sure this kind of treatment would be classed as inhumane, an infringement on peoples basic human rights.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
I couldn't agree with you more.
• Singapore
25 Feb 07
Giving electric shock is a form of physical abuse. I do not think this practise is correct. I suppose the authority encourages the family members to report internet addict. This is how they can find addicted people.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
probably...
@metallo (265)
• Italy
25 Feb 07
i don't really know...
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
now you know....
• Singapore
25 Feb 07
Goodness, this is so... so... so barbaric!
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
25 Feb 07
yes, it is