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Electronic Heroin

February 16, 2014 | by The New York Times

An inside look at a controversial rehabilitation center in China that is “deprogramming” teenagers who are addicted to the Internet.

Compulsive Internet use is a serious addiction. One Chinese man spent two months straight in an Internet café; another died after playing online games for 40 hours without a break. Dong Nguyen, the creator of the insanely popular game Flappy Birds removed it from circulation because it was too addictive.

China was among the first to label “Internet addiction” a clinical disorder. This New York Times video shows the inner workings The Internet Addiction Treatment Center, a controversial rehabilitation center where Chinese teenagers are “deprogrammed.” Their approach is extreme; it’s hard to imagine a center like this in North America being legal. But they sure are taking internet addiction seriously.

Let us know what you think of this disturbing video in the comment section below.


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