Sunday, November 18, 2007

Internet addiction Korean style

This is one of the stupidest things I've read in ages. From the NY Times: In Korea, a Boot Camp Cure for Web Obsession

"I’m not thinking about games now, so maybe this will help,” he replied. “From now on, maybe I’ll just spend five hours a day online.

Like a week long government sponsored camp is going to help people who really do have a problem with obsessive-compulsive disorder? I'm sure there are people who will read this article and think it's a good idea. Sigh! Don't they know these kids are in training to be gold farmers? Leave them alone!

Wouldn't they be better off just making a few good government sponsored movies? Something like the 1947 classic Shy Guy:

Phil, a student who recently transferred into his high school, keeps to himself a lot, spending time in his basement building radios and record players. His dad notices that he has no friends, and tells him that, like the electronic parts he assembles, "you have to fit in with all the other parts." Realizing that the reason he has no friends is because he's not one of the "crowd," Phil studies the most popular kids at school, in order to see what traits they admire most, so he can be like them and fit in.


Greg said...

I'm a big fan of "all things in moderation." Addictions are generally unhealthy and exist in all facets of life. We should teach people to recognize their own addictions. The biggest irony of all is that most of the world's greatest experts became that way due to an obsession which most people would consider an addiction.

Kevin Gamble said...

Hard to argue with moderation.

I'm glad I never got into gaming.


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