A Harrowing Documentary on China’s Internet Addiction Rehab Clinics
‘“What did you do?” a man asks the boy. “I used the Internet,” the boy replies. He’s barely able to summon the words. “My Dad brought me here to see the doctor. But he locked me in here instead.” Tears stream down his face. “They tied my hands.”
‘Welcome to the Internet Addiction Treatment Center in Daxing, a suburb of Beijing, China. Established in 2004, its aim is to deprogram Chinese teenagers—mostly boys—who suffer from an “Internet addiction.” China was one of the first countries to brand “Internet addiction” as a clinical disorder, and to claim it’s the number one threat to its teenagers today. The Chinese government has erected 400 rehabilitation boot camps like this one to treat Internet addiction disorder. While the most recent edition (PDF) of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) hasn’t yet recognized it as a formal disorder, describing “Internet Gaming Disorder” as “a condition warranting more clinical research and experience before it might be considered for inclusion,” the United States began its first inpatient Internet addiction program last September in Pennsylvania…’
Responsible Gaming vs “Internet Gaming Disorder”
Yes, Video Games Can Actually Make You Smarter, However…
‘The YouTube scientists of AsapScience are here to explain how video games can actually improve your brain function and make you smarter.
‘Before you text your mom about how right you were all along, the video does state that — like anything else you can eat, drink, play or watch — there is always the possibility of too much of a good thing. Excessive gaming is still not recommended.
‘However, studies do show that responsible gaming can stimulate grey matter growth, as well as improve hand-eye coordination.
‘Take a look to see why it’s sometimes better to hang out with Mario instead of going outside…’
Internet Sleuths Unravels a Family’s 20-Year-Old Mystery
‘Janna Holm posted two images — the front and back of an index card, each side covered in long strings of letters — to the site Ask MetaFilter on Monday. Holm explained that her grandmother Dorothy Holm, while dying of brain cancer in 1994, left the cards to her grandchildren as puzzles. Holm was about 11 years old when her grandmother passed away.
‘While the code-breakers remain fixated on the front of the index card, it was the back that tipped them off to the nature of the puzzle. A user quickly postulated that the code might have a religious meaning, and minutes later, posted again with the observation that the letters were a long acronym for the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father who art in heaven … For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
‘That all happened in 13 minutes…’
A Powerful Homage to Aaron Swartz
‘The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz received a standing ovation at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival this week just a few days after the one-year anniversary of the web pioneer’s death rattled the Internet.
‘The documentary by Brian Knappenberger (known for directing We Are Legion: The Story of the Hacktivists about the online hacktivist group Anonymous) closely follows the rise and fall of computer programming prodigy and Reddit co-founder Swartz, who emerged as one of the top advocates for Internet freedom and education…’