The youth of today get a bad influence for their dependency on technology, but apparently things could be much worse. Take China for instance.
Internet addiction is described as rampant in China with millions of individuals claiming or labeled as having some form of addictive behavior with regards to online activity.
One Chinese teen cuts off his hand to end his internet addiction! The 19-year-old boy from the city of Nantong in Jiangsu province took drastic measures of his own. Known as “Little Wang”, he hacked his left hand off while sitting on a bench before calmly calling a taxi to drive him to a nearby hospital and left the hand lying on the ground.
We cannot accept what has happened. It was completely out of the blue. He was a smart boy,” his mother, who declined to be identified, told reporters.
The woman said she had gone to her son’s bedroom at around 11pm last Wednesday only to find that he had disappeared. She found a handwritten note on the bed in which he should have been sleeping.
Mum, I have gone to hospital for a while. Don’t worry. I will definitely come back this evening.”
By then, her son, had already smuggled a kitchen knife from their home and snuck out.
Local television broadcast gory images of a bloodstained bench on which the boy had reportedly been sitting when he cut off his hand.
Surgeons at a local university hospital managed to reattach the hand after it was recovered by police but said they could not guarantee full mobility would return. One of the boy’s teachers, who was not named, blamed his actions on an internet addiction which had made him “impetuous”.
There are currently an estimated 24 million young “web junkies” in China according to official estimates and a growing number of clinics and military-style “boot camps” designed to rehabilitate them.
Tao Ran, an army psychologist who runs a well-known Beijing rehab centre for internet addicts, estimated that around 14 per cent of his country’s youth were now hooked.
Symptoms ranged from young people who skipped lessons at school to others who were so severely addicted that they rarely left their bedrooms and inhabited an almost entirely virtual universe.
They only do two things: sleeping and playing,” said Mr Tao, who traced the crisis back around a decade.