Can being addicted to the internet be likened to drug addiction? Electronic Heroin?

I came across a video on Upworthy last week which showed how the Chinese are dealing with their children whom they believe to be addicted to the internet. According to them, computer addicts are those who use the internet for more than 6 hours a day for something other than their study or work. In most cases, it’s gaming that has them hooked to the internet. You can watch the video here.

When I first started watching it, I was appalled. It comes across as shocking and barbaric. Putting your child in an army like institute for being addicted to the internet?! But as I continued to watch it, what I saw was the reason why these kids were addicted to the internet: loneliness. Any addiction comes into your life when there is something else lacking. Whether it is love, money, time, etc.

Rather than drug your child and take him to an institute to cure his internet addiction as one mother did, wouldn’t she be better off giving him time? Being there for him, asking him what he needs and trying to replace the internet, his drug of choice, with something more constructive? They are after all mainly teenagers, still living under their parents roof.

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Have a watch and let me know what you think.

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2 thoughts on “Can being addicted to the internet be likened to drug addiction? Electronic Heroin?

  1. I watched that video today and had a very similar reaction. It actually prompted me to scour the internet in search of more commentary on the loneliness/escape factor that often leads to these kinds of internet or gaming addictions. It seems everyone wants to comment on the facilities but ignores the root of the problem. Why does China now have over 400 of these facilities? Can so many people be so lonely in a place so densely populated? What was particularly sad in the video was seeing the parents in the workshop. Judging by the looks of it, not all parents attended and many appeared disengaged. Quite a disheartening response to the loneliness of a child.

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