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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 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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