Internet addictTuesday, November 11, 2008 at 17:49 | Posted in China, health, internet | Leave a comment
China is to become the first country in the World where Internet addiction is officially defined as a disease. According to China Daily, doctors at Beijing’s Military General Hospital have developed a definition of Internet addiction:
Symptoms of addiction included yearning to get back online, mental or physical distress, irritation and difficulty concentrating or sleeping.
The definition, based on a study of more than 1,300 problematic computer users, classifies as addicts those who spend at least six hours online a day and have shown at least one symptom in the past three months.
That set of symptoms could apply to every serious web user since anybody spending less than six hours a day online could best be described as an Internet analphabet. And each of the symptoms, apart from “yearning to get back online”, could very well be related to a number of offline activities as well. If you are irritated of your S.O is it because they interfere with your online activities or just because your S.O is a S.O.B?
Anyway, I am grateful that the good doctors at Beijing’s Military General Hospital reminded me to get a new chair so that the occasional physical distress in my back would not classify me as an Internet addict.