by Mike Masnick

Beijing Clinic Treats So-Called Teenaged Internet Addicts -- With Shock Therapy

from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept

theodp writes "At the Beijing Military Region Central Hospital, teenagers diagnosed as Internet addicts are treated to 30-volt charges to pressure points, mysterious intravenous drips said to "adjust the unbalanced status of brain secretions," and acupuncture. They usually stay 10 to 15 days at China's first officially licensed clinic for Internet addiction. At $48 a day, the treatments carry a high price in China, where the average city dweller's weekly income is just $20." We've covered how people absolutely love to call various things "addictions" when there's little actual evidence of addiction. Again, this looks like yet another story making the "risk" seem much worse than it is (while hyping up a few psychologists who make money off trying to cure such "addicts.") Still, it seems like treating "internet addiction" is treating a symptom, not the real problem for those who really have withdrawn so much that they can't live without their connection. It's likely that it's indicative of something more serious than the fact that they like to have internet access.

Reader Comments (rss)

(Flattened / Threaded)

  1. identicon
    dorpus, Jul 5th, 2005 @ 1:15am

    That's Hilarious

    I heard they cure gays the same way.

    A smelly explosion of 8 ammonia tanks next to a Chinese restaurant in Shanghai sent 100 people scurrying to the hospital, though.

    reply to this | link to this | view in thread ]

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.