Chinese web junkies subject of new documentary
DAXING, CHINA – Birds do it. Bees do it. Even popes and educated fleas do it.
And by “it”, we mean use the Internet for work and for play.
But for some folks, Internet use can be a monkey on their backs, you know, as in addiction.
China is the first country to make internet addiction an official affliction, and now, thanks to a couple of independent filmmakers and their documentary Web Junkies, we get to see Chinese Internet addicts and their treatment.
Some of the teenage boys are hooked on World of Warcraft. To them, everyone in the real world is fake.
One guy claims with pride that he played for the entire two months of his summer vacation. Now, he and others like him are going cold turkey to get rid of their bad monkey.
Doctors who work with Internet addiction say people have the disorder if they are online more than 6 hours a day for reasons other than work or school.
Some studies say Web junkies make up thirty percent of the Chinese population. With a head count of more than 1.3 billion, that would mean china has about 390 million people caught in the web of addiction. And that’s more than the entire population of the United States.
This is one area that we probably don’t mind letting the Chinese take the lead.