South Korean #Teens Go Digital #Detox To “Cure” #Internet #Addiction

It's silly. At least it's not illicit drugs. There's no need for adults to control everything teenager do. As long as it's not something illegal, there's no need to take away interests from teens simply because they get too passionate about it. Perhaps a better option is to cultivate their internet skills towards something constructive. Or just let them be, they'll outgrow it at some point. Like the old saying goes, “it's just a phase.”

(NPR) — Almost 20% of the population in South Korea — nearly 10 million people — are at serious risk of Internet addiction, according to a 2018 government survey.

Online gaming and other digital activities cause problems in people's health, relationships and studies. Government centers treat teen boys and girls who struggle to cut down on use of tech devices.

To some parents in the United States, this might sound distressingly familiar even though mental health experts are still debating the extent of the problem. The American Psychiatric Association does not recognize Internet or online game addiction as a unique mental disorder.

But the South Korean authorities know the country has a problem: Almost 20% of the population — nearly 10 million people — are at serious risk of Internet addiction, according to a 2018 government survey. Roh says the country is trying to do something about it.

Source: NPR, full story

 

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