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China could become first nation to make Internet addiction a medical disorder

China is expected to become the first country in the world to officially classify internet addiction as a mental disorder.  Chinese government officials would be required to register the term with the World Health Organization, which has seen an increased interest in internet- and game-related addiction.

Around 253 million of China's 1.2 billion population use the internet, with the number expected to grow as remote parts of the country build necessary infrastructure to support the internet.

Dr. Tao Ran studied at least 3,000 patients over a four-year period to help him classify internet addiction, which will be a condition similar to alcoholism or compulsive gambling.  

A person who spends at least 6.13 hours online each day can be considered an addict.  InterActiveCorp research indicates 42 percent of young internet users feel they are addicted to the internet, while only 18 percent of American youth feel they are addicted.

Around 50 percent of internet users in China are between the ages of 18 and 30.

Due to the exploding popularity of online video games, the government has urged game makers to create safeguards to better protect gamers.

"We took symptoms that appeared at the same time in more than 50 percent of patients and then we noted how frequently these same symptoms were repeated," he told the Times Online.  "China finds itself at the forefront of this research because we were among the earliest to set up clinics ... we had a sufficient sample of patients so that we could carry out proper scientific analysis.

Special psychiatric units could be created in Chinese hospitals to help people who are said to be internet addicts.

Even if internet addiction does not become an official disorder, psychologists are expected to continue researching possible addicts, and how to treat it.



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RE: What a load...
By chick0n on 11/12/2008 3:21:48 PM , Rating: 0
kiss my ass, every government gives ya what they think its the best for Citizens.

Dont give me that "oh capitalism gives me freedom"

freedom my ass. alright ?

I hate it when these capitalism ppl keep talking crap about Commu or Socialism without actually being there to experience it.


RE: What a load...
By afkrotch on 11/12/2008 3:55:50 PM , Rating: 2
If you were to go to China, Russia, N.Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Cuba, etc can you say they are prospering? Can you say there is a truly classless state?

I don't have to go to these countries to see there is a huge disparity.

How about the forced migration of Chinese? As farm machinery advances, less and less farmers are needed. Not to mention, the importation of goods from other countries. So what does Chinese government do? Forces some of them to move into urban cities. Leaving them unemployed. There's no if's, and's, or but's. The Chinese ppl are not allowed to move from city to city that easily.

Also you have to be there to experience it, how so? Am I treated like an Iraqi if I visit Iraqi? Am I treated like a Nigerian if I visit Nigeria? Am I treated like an Australian if I visit Australia? Of course not, so how the hell do you think I'm going to understand anything about Communism if I visit these countries, if I'm not treated equally? When visiting different countries, you have well padded pockets to afford your stay, scenic tours, and so on. Sitting in Beijing or Moscow in a 5 Star hotel and visiting all the tourist locations is hardly experiencing Communism.


RE: What a load...
By eion on 11/13/2008 12:39:12 AM , Rating: 4
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If you were to go to China... can you say they are prospering?

Absolutely. By way of background, I work in China for a Chinese law firm, the law being an area relatively tightly controlled by the government (in any country, not just here).

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So what does Chinese government do? Forces some of them to move into urban cities.

What you describe is the exact opposite of Chinese government policy (real and stated).

quote:
The Chinese ppl are not allowed to move from city to city that easily.

Moving from city to city has not been a problem for quite some time; the problem was moving from the countryside to a city. After one particularly outrageous case, back in 2003 as I recall, a lot of the controls have been rolled back.

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Also you have to be there to experience it, how so?

Not looking Chinese, this is of course a problem for me. The other 'problem' is that people in China are naturally welcoming of foreigners, and because of that and other reasons, foreigners in China seem in most respects to be treated relatively better than locals, regardless of wealth. That said, I have travelled quite extensively in China with my local friends and colleagues.

The distinction between communism and the Chinese policy of "socialism with Chinese characteristics" is I think a real one, but in any event at street level the country is basically capitalist in my opinion. It certainly is not communist. I would say the China is "classless" in the same way as America is, with social divisions according to wealth instead.

I'm no apologist for the Chinese government, and I'm certainly no communist - I actually vote Libertarian. Just calling it how I see it. I've never been to the other countries you mention though, so I cannot comment on them.


RE: What a load...
By just4U on 11/13/2008 4:54:09 AM , Rating: 2
I found your post here to be very informative. Thumbs up!


RE: What a load...
By MrBlastman on 11/12/2008 4:41:33 PM , Rating: 2
On the opposite side, why don't you experience Capitalism in all its glory before you defend Socialism and Communism?

You really don't have to if you read about what is really going on and how things are structured - and know people that live in these various countries or are from them. It gives you a firsthand account.

I can confidently say that I have more freedom in the USA than I would if I lived in a European nation or Russia/China/Japan/Iran etc. Not even the slightest inclination of be being wrong in the back of my mind.

Why? The number of people wanting to move here has not dropped, it has only increased. That must mean something, right?


RE: What a load...
By lagomorpha on 11/12/2008 5:13:05 PM , Rating: 2
To be fair the bars around here (good old 'merica) are required to close at a certain time of night while the bars in Russia at the height of communism were allowed to stay open 24 hours. Just because we believe we have more freedoms on average than some other nations doesn't mean we should be content only with the freedoms we have.


RE: What a load...
By Reclaimer77 on 11/12/2008 6:21:02 PM , Rating: 2
I think the differences in when bars close between the US and USSR is a kind of.. silly example of freedoms.

Besides, Russia encouraged alcoholism. Big time. A drunk slumbering mass of downtrodden people are far easier to control.


RE: What a load...
By omnicronx on 11/12/2008 6:46:22 PM , Rating: 2
That was productive...


RE: What a load...
By Subzero0000 on 11/12/2008 8:48:19 PM , Rating: 2
All I see is ignorant and hatre in your comments.
You only getting these information from what? The media?

I'm from Hong Kong and it has been mixed influence by the British and China.
Sure I don't prefer China to take over my city, but when you actually experience it, it is actually not all that "Evil".

So when I watched "Bowling in columbine", "Sicko", "Zeitgeist", etc... Should I believe all it's saying?
If I actually believe all of that, I'll say USA is even worst than other countries.

You have to see it in your own eyes.
I'd suggest you to study overseas for at least a year, it's the best way to get close enough to experience the truth.


RE: What a load...
By chick0n on 11/13/2008 10:55:20 AM , Rating: 1
ROFL. I've been living in New York for more than a decade. and From time to time I do travel to China so oh yes I know how both works.

Its narrow minded morons like you who think Capitalism is the best thing since slice bread. US actually did a pretty good job into brainwashing citizens into believe that Capitalism is the one and only way to deal with things.

the US is so Capitalism that they just bail all the companies out. Market Freedom my ass.


RE: What a load...
By MrBlastman on 11/14/2008 9:31:20 AM , Rating: 2
Why don't you just leave if you don't like it here. We won't miss you. I promise. :P


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