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Youth in China are killing for Internet connectivity


Internet addiction in ChinaIn previous blog posts, I've highlighted the soaring rate of Internet addiction among today’s youth and the proliferation of this problem in China, where wayward kids seek all-night gaming at Internet cafes. China has taken some drastic steps to curb the growth of Internet addiction, such as banning the opening of new Internet cafes for a year, limiting the amount of time that users can play online games, and creating halfway houses for Net addicts. However, are these efforts enough? I don't think so. A recent article from CNET Networks' News.com indicates that China still has a very serious problem: "Chinese boy kills mother over Net cafe money."

According to the article:

A teenage boy in southern China, "heavily addicted" to the Internet, killed his mother and severely injured his father with a kitchen knife after he was refused money to go to a cybercafe.

Wang, who is "less than 16" years old, left school a year ago. When not working for his father, who has made a living selling barbecue food in their neighborhood, he would go to Internet cafes. He had hoped to become an outstanding politician or economist, and believed that his parents were stifling his development.

What else can China do to tackle this growing problem? Is Internet addiction the responsibility of the government, the parents (if the addict is an under-aged youth), or the individual? Join the discussion.

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Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

7 comments
jefflagaya
jefflagaya

Like here in Philippines many are also addicted in internet gaming, but not that addict, All the people around are the one responsible. Why would you let those boys hang out at the cafe's wherein you know what they are doing. If it not for the income that these cafe's are getting, they will not and would not stop these boys from hanging around. I have been in the Cafe'e industry before and I really realize how bad this technology if not put to good use. If you are not concerned with other people especially to those who need attention and affection, The world will be much like those of the boys from China. Illegal drugs have taken so much from the youth of today, are we letting again that another plague will destroy the young minds of the youth and maybe adults too.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

China has taken some drastic steps to curb the growth of Internet addiction, such as banning the opening of new Internet cafes for a year, limiting the amount of time that users can play online games, and creating halfway houses for Net addicts. What else can China do to tackle this growing problem? Is Internet addiction the responsibility of the government, the parents (if the addict is an under-aged youth), or the individual?

hami.haha
hami.haha

Internet Cafe in China are very big and always full. People are: 1. playing network games 2. chatting on MSN (or QQ) 3. watching movies on the Cafe network.

sun.hongda
sun.hongda

I am livng in China, I know my home is big country, any policy of goverment will not start to work until the region official start to cooperate, the foreigner tend to see China as Beijing, that's mistake. China is including many cities which can not be see as one view.

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

EVERYTHING is the responsibility of the government. Bad side: Including keeping you Yo Average from reading on the internet about the tainted pet food scandal caused by cheating Chinese companies. Good side: despite the coverup they are executing the head of the pharmaceutical regulatory agency for similar acts, taking bribes to allow drugs to market that killed lots of people. And in China the person won't languish in jail for 27 years with endless appeals while the victims families suffer. Instead there is just one appeal.

bradgalliford
bradgalliford

Damn you Al, the death of this woman is on your hands...

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