Jump Up Internet Rescue School Provides Rehabilitation for the Internet Addicted

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South Korea's Jump Up Internet Rescue School is the first of its kind, providing rehabilitation to those who cannot escape from the confines of the great interweb. Fittingly, South Korea is the world's foremost internet connected nation, with over 90% of homes having access to cheap, high speed broadband. Worryingly, this has been the reason for the establishment of a rehabilitation center for those who are addicted; the ready availability of the internet means users have grown seriously dependent on the World Wide Web's offerings.

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As nations extend the reach of the internet throughout their own countries, South Korea's situation may serve as a warning beacon in light of further expansion. Some may deduce that preventative measures need to be implemented, prior to expansion, to avoid internet addiction becoming a global issue. The notion of a rehabilitation center of this kind certainly seems comical initially, but beyond its novelty value, concern surrounding addiction continues to grow. Indeed, the US (and other countries) have stipulated compulsive internet use as a tangible mental health issue.

With people literally dying from playing online games, this kind of treatment for the increasingly obsessed may eventually become the norm, but whatever the outcome, we cannot help but think this is an inevitable side effect of a medium that has so much to offer in a positive light. Responsible parenting and general lifestyle choices could ensure this problem is quashed right where it begins, but we doubt it. We would hate to think internet addiction becomes a real world problem, but with initiatives such as OLPC, might the internet eventually become the premier form of escapism? [New York Times]

DISCUSSION

I'm a young professional myself and what I cannot understand is how ANYONE can't have enough willpower to say, Enough is Enough. I mean, we all have to leave our houses at some point, whether it be for food or basic necessities. Why is that some find it absolutely necessary to sit in front of a screen day in and day out, appeasing the masses whose muse is to see how many can reply to their blogs?

Now, I know I write to you at 1am on a Sunday evening, but I take this time to break from my studies, as being a law student can be overwhelming and, at times, overbearing. But, I assure you that I enjoy driving in my fast car, playing football with my friends, and banging my supremely hot, redheaded girlfriend every moment I get.

BTW - anyone check out Call of Duty 4 yet? Multiplayer is superb . . .