Wednesday, July 15, 2009

China Bans Electric Shock for Treating Internet Addiction, Recommends Acupuncture Instead

(not really on the acupuncture part)

China bans electro-shock therapy for Internet addicts
China has banned electro-shock therapy as a treatment for Internet addiction, citing uncertainty in the safety and effectiveness of the practice after criticism in the local media.

The Ministry of Health announcement followed recent media reports about a controversial psychiatrist in Linyi, Shandong Province, who administered electric currents to nearly 3,000 teenagers in an attempt to rid them of their Internet habit.

The Chinese government has led a campaign for over a year against Internet addiction, saying young people's excessive time in Internet cafes, known as Web bars in Chinese, is hurting their studies and damaging family life.

Those darn kids need to quit slacking and get out into the fields and factories and go build for China dammit.

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