Shanghaiist has a grisly story to tell you. Zhang Zhian, a PhD student at Fudan University, is running a devilish experiment (report in Chinese) on live human subjects. He’s asked 24 students to spend a week during their winter vacations away from the internet and television. Thankfully, these hapless middle school students are not being subjected to simultaneous deprivation of both TV and the internet. It’s just one or the other, unless, of course they are
masochistic courageous enough for both. Thus, some of the kids have weaned themselves off the internet by watching TV and doing some homework instead. According to the report, some of the kids also tried playing football (or soccer, as it’s normally called), but we don’t buy that for an instant. Never trust the media here.
Some of the students were randomly chosen, while others were signed up by their parents, but all were required to normally spend a significant amount of time on either the internet or TV (but not necessarily be addicts). The students have to write daily reports, and have been told that there is no right or wrong answer, and they can even admit it (!) if they fail in their mission. However, most of them have parents who own whips, and after all, it’s only a week and Jesus made it forty days and forty nights on a hell of a lot less. And the enemies he had to face down afterwards were a lot scarier than those found in Shanghai teenagers’ copy of World of Warcraft.