Internet Addiction Gets Your Out Of The Military?

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Many stories about “internet addiction” have been based on some random psychologist who was mostly trying to drum up some new (and potentially lucrative) business. However, people continue to take it seriously. The latest, amazingly enough, is that the Finnish military is letting people get out of military service if they’re addicted to the internet. Apparently “young men miss their computers too much to cope with their compulsory six months in the forces.” However, the Commander-Captain of conscription doesn’t seem to have much of a problem with young men staying home and playing games instead of serving their country: “For people who play (Internet) games all night and don’t have any friends, don’t have any hobbies, to come into the army is a very big shock.” Of course, they’re not completely out of it: “They get sent home for three years and after that they have to come back and we ask if they are OK … they will have had time to grow up.” I wonder if the cases of “internet addiction” will increase, now that kids know they can skip out on service and play games instead. Of course, with the growth of wireless technologies and and portable computing, maybe they just need to outfit all these new soldiers with some of those new “handtop” computers and a 3G connection card, and the problem will be solved.

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dorpus says:

Toy Militaries

Some European countries have anachronistic traditions that require all young men to serve, for a hypothetical situation where Europeans would actually defend their own soil. Everyone knows the real job of defense will be done by Americans, so military conscription is treated like a summer camp. I knew a Hungarian guy who, during his conscription, got drunk every day and refused to wake up, so his drill sergeant got fed up and told him to spend his time in town. So he went on a drunken tour of Eastern Europe, having slept in a puddle of his own urine in every major city’s railroad station, and spent a month in detox in Poland.

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