Published Online: June 21, 2005
Published in Print: June 22, 2005, as Internet Games Seen as Addictive in China

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Internet Games Seen as Addictive in China

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China is calling attention to a rise in what it calls “Internet addiction disorder,” a malady that the government says is spreading in the country.

To help counter the “addiction,” the government recently announced that a rehabilitation center for children suffering from the compulsive use of the Internet would open this summer in Shanghai.

Reports in the state-controlled press have publicized a recent suicide by a boy who frequently played online games while visiting Internet bars.

According to a story in the Chinese-language Beijing Youth Daily and repeated in English translations on other government Web sites, the 13-year-old committed suicide because he thought he would meet his friends from cyberspace after he died.

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