China's, how to say this, unorthodox rehabilitation methods
, which involve "beating and confinement" of internet addicts, have finally been fully outlawed
. Following the death of one teenager due to the treatment he received at an addiction camp, the Chinese Health Ministry has come out with a statement to say corporal punishment and methods restricting personal freedom "are strictly forbidden." In the meantime, the UK and USA are playing catch-up by opening up their own computer addiction camps, which have been described as residential internet detox clinics. Their genius ploy to get you off the web juice has been to go cold turkey and teach people to do chores as a distraction (really, chores and boredom are the cure and not the disease?). The British version even has a 12-step program, but we advise doing what we all did -- if you find yourself spending most of your time on the internet, just become a full-time blogger.
- China bans tough treatment of young Web addicts
- Britain's first computer rehab clinic opens
- Clinic for internet addicts opens in US