Halfway House For Chinese Internet Addicts Opens
from the tell-me-about-your-non-WoW-related-problems dept
Following the launch of a detox center for video game addicts in Amsterdam, a “halfway house” for so-called internet addicts has been opened in China. Following the adage that the flock won’t come to you, you’ve got to go to them, the center’s staff wanders around local Internet cafes looking for net-riddled junkies, then brings them in for counseling. In the case of one of its first attendees, a 17-year-old talked to a psychologist about his family situation, while social workers visited his parents to discuss proper parent-child communications. That sounds like it’s got little to do with internet addiction, really, apart from the implication that the kid was trying turning to the internet as a diversion from his problems at home. In any case, it sounds much more reasonable than other Chinese treatments for internet addiction, like shock therapy or electric acupuncture and drugs.