China Says Six Hours A Day Online Makes You An Internet Addict

from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept

While there are some doctors who are pushing to make internet addiction an official disorder, most folks recognize that internet addiction has been shown not to be a clinical addiction, but rather a sign of problems elsewhere (depression, family problems, etc.). However, over in China, where folks have been treating internet addiction with shock therapy for years, it appears that the government is getting set to officially recognizes internet addiction as a disorder. However, the definition is raising some eyebrows, as apparently it's based on some "research" that says someone who spends more than six hours a day online is an addict.

Of course, it's worth pointing out that the Chinese doctor who set the definition that the government is expected to approve just so happens to have built China's very first internet addiction center. In other words, he stands to personally benefit quite a lot by having internet addiction made official, as it will drive "business" to his treatment center. It's difficult to see how you can claim that an addiction is based solely on the amount of time one spends online as well, considering that plenty of people have to spend that much time (or more) online for work, and others spend much more time online but don't have it negatively impact other areas of their life. Once again, this seems like an attempt to call something an addiction just because it helps get some doctors business, rather than a real attempt to look at the underlying issues of said "addicts."


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    VitaminCM, Nov 11th, 2008 @ 12:46pm

    Internet Addiction?

    Screw China, what do they know about me?
    Now, let me get back to StumbleUpon.

     

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    Guy One, Nov 11th, 2008 @ 12:52pm

    Cant... stop... Internet... Too much.... Good stuff.... Cant stop... Internet...

     

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    Buzz, Nov 11th, 2008 @ 12:56pm

    Hahaha

    I would consider myself an addict back when the Internet was starting to boom with content (around year 2000). I really did do nothing but sit on the Internet all day as a teenager.

    Now, the Internet is just a part of society. I am comfortable knowing I can look up virtually any piece of knowledge from my computer at any time of the day. I don't surf as much as I used to.

     

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    Porkster, Nov 11th, 2008 @ 1:45pm

    Thats nothing

    I'm on the internet 25 hours a day and I'm not an addict.

     

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    Donald Moore, Nov 11th, 2008 @ 1:49pm

    this makes sense from china's perspective

    someone using the internet for any length of time per day consumes knowledge whether they realize it or not. Just like bartenders with salty peanuts to drive up drinks to quench the thirst, wouldn't the same be true for newer and more details morsels of knowledge. Wouldn't this need to consume more information contradict china's ability to control it's populace?

     

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    Oliver Klosov, Nov 11th, 2008 @ 1:56pm

    Hey welcome to the future archaic society.

    The internet has already changed everything about how society interacts, works, meets, lives, plays etc. for a gigantic portion of the 1st world. I love watching change instill fear. Too late China...welcome to the next revolution don't screw it up this time.

     

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    SpacePirate, Nov 11th, 2008 @ 2:04pm

    Jobs

    But what if you have a job? That's like 8 hrs online right there, does that mean I'm addicted to my job, the internet, the food & water i buy as a result or all 4?

     

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    TX CHL Instructor (profile), Nov 11th, 2008 @ 2:16pm

    Comic about internet addiction...

     

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    Potato Head, Nov 11th, 2008 @ 2:26pm

    Wheew!

    Good thing I use the interwebs instead.

     

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    jollyc, Nov 11th, 2008 @ 2:48pm

    IA Meetings?

    Is there an Internets Anonymous meeting we can attend then, preferably online?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 11th, 2008 @ 3:16pm

    What's the internet?

     

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    Mogilny, Nov 11th, 2008 @ 3:47pm

    By that standard, i'm so screwed beyond help.

    Buuuutttt you can do so many things online that replaces offline stuff. Like going to work, or watching TV, reading the newspaper, visiting the adults-only store, hanging around people you don't really like but you have to....

     

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    Michael Witt (profile), Nov 11th, 2008 @ 4:02pm

    Re: this makes sense from china's perspective

    I must say, I'm quite perplexed by your logic.

    Sure, bartenders may use salty peanuts to make someone thirstier, but alcohol is a diuretic, and will make you thirstier anyways (although I would concede that peanuts will make you thirsty faster). Yet this doesn't matter, because knowledge is not consumed as you say, it doesn't just go into the brain and into a black hole, the knowledge is stored (for a time at least), and may make someone realize that they know less than he or she thought. And even that pales in comparison to your question: "Wouldn't this need to consume more information contradict china's[sic] ability to control it's[sic] populace?" That question makes no sense whatsoever; how does information lead to an inability to control your populace?

     

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    Paul, Nov 11th, 2008 @ 5:09pm

    And you disagree?

    So, Mike, let me get this straight, you disagree that spending 1/4 of your life on the internet makes you an internet addict?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 11th, 2008 @ 5:48pm

    What if you read books for six hours a day ?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 11th, 2008 @ 5:55pm

    As part of the great fire wall, doesn't China employ people to continuously monitor their "internet"?

    So, these monitors will be considered addicts and be given shock treatment. Film at eleven.

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), Nov 12th, 2008 @ 6:04am

    Re:

    Re #16
    Thank you for all your hard work.
    Bzzzztttt!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 12th, 2008 @ 7:04am

    Addicted to escaping from reality. Can they be blamed?

     

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    Chad, Nov 12th, 2008 @ 7:19am

    Same goes for people who read 6 hours a day, watch tv 6 hours a day, go to the office 6 hours a day, drive a car 6 hours a day.... The internet is a tool that happens to be EXTREMELY entertaining. If it's the same site for 6 hours straight without a break that might be cause for concern, but the average user who is browsing around for 6 hours including breaks every 15-30 minutes has nothing to fear.

    I spend a lot more than 6 hours a day on the internet, I can assure you of that.

     

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    Crabby (profile), Nov 12th, 2008 @ 11:47am

    Re: this makes sense from china's perspective

    Yup.

     

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    another mike, Nov 12th, 2008 @ 3:53pm

    more than half my day

    some of the reported symptoms are anxiety, depression, boredom, and "an overwhelming urge to be online." sounds like a weekend at the in-laws.

    but seriously, i can spend an entire weekend online, something like 60 hours straight. do i need help? yes, i know, but i mean for this specifically.

     

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    Anon Cow, Nov 12th, 2008 @ 3:55pm

    If you spend six hours online, you probably have a p0rn addition, not an Internet addiction.

    People aren't addicted to cigarettes, they are addicted to nicotine.

     

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    Charming Charlie, Nov 12th, 2008 @ 9:47pm

    China doesn't control it's populace. The government just smacks down people who cause it problems. People culling information on the internet, where the most subversive material is difficult to get to, is not something the government cares about.

    Claiming the people of China are controlled does nothing more than demonstrate your American arrogance to comment on things you really only know hearsay about. Don't let your conclusions exceed your evidence, and don't comment if you don't know shit.

     

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    ioana leontina santa, Nov 25th, 2008 @ 10:27pm

    Re: Re: this makes sense from china's perspective

    thelack of information makes people easy to manipulate, here's the connection between information and manipulating people

     

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    Man in China, Dec 13th, 2008 @ 6:21pm

    Re:

    You say not to let people's conclusions exceed their evidence,yet you have concluded that everyone posting here is American and you have no evidence to back that up.

    As far as China controlling it's populace.. it depends where you are in China and the STATUS of those involved.
    You know, often now there are students who go to internet cafe's all night and the parents who both work really can't put a stop to it,this would seem to be aimed in that direction,more student control.

     

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