For those of you who haven’t checked it out yet, this New York Times’ Op-Doc follows Chinese teenagers at a bootcamp-like treatment center believed to be ‘addicted’ to the Internet. Filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia spent four months meeting and interviewing the teenagers and their parents at this Beijing rehab center, and the full film Web Junkie premiered at Sundance Film Festival earlier this week.
The China Communist Youth League in 2007 claimed that over 17 percent of the country’s 17-year-olds were addicted to the Internet, making China the first country to declare Internet addiction as a clinical disorder.
The adults at this particular rehab center base treatments on studies showing that people who spend more than six hours on the Internet for something other than work or study become addicted.
“Normal people can’t imagine how these teenagers in our center use the Internet,” one of the camp directors said. “They think taking a restroom break will affect their performance at these games, so they wear a diaper.”
Read more about Internet Addiction on Shanghaiist.