Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The growth of internet addiction

China's internet addiction clinics have been in the news lately because of the recent deaths of a couple of patients. There are hundreds of these clinics now, developed to cope with the massive of social problem of 10 million online junkies!

Interestingly, no other country has such a big problem. This seems at least in part to be a cultural issue; a consequence of how different countries define addiction. That is, what in one country may be described as mere overuse of the internet is deemed a pathological problem in China.

That said, the Chinese aren't just making the problem up. America has just opened its first internet addiction clinic. It will be interesting to see how many more spring up there and in other parts of the world.

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