Boot camps to curb cyberspace addiction in South Korea

Boot camps to curb cyberspace addiction in South Korea

Manila : Philippines | Jan 18, 2011 at 6:41 PM PST
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Boot camps to prevent cyberspace addiction in South Korea

South Korea has amply encompassed the internet. Perhaps it is the most wired nation on earth with almost all homes has high-speed broadband. Internet parlors are practically in every street corner. Users cannot tear off from their computer screens and have become addicted to cyberspace.

In other countries compulsive internet use has been considered as a mental health issue while in South Korea, it has become a particularly acute problem. A growing number of students have skipped school to stay online. Users started dropping dead from exhaustion after playing online games for days. Recent survey of the problem reveals that millions of people under 18 are at risk of internet addiction.

To address the problem, South Korea has opened counseling centers, treatment programs in hospitals and recently the Internet Rescue camp. The camp resembles programs around the world for troubled youths. The camp is part boot camp and part rehab center. The troubled youth undergo military style obstacle courses and therapeutic workshops.

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Students undergo military style training to control them from internet addiction.
marivicmalinao is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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