Addicted to the Internet? Welcome to Boot Camp!

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(Thanks to Susan for the news tip)

We’ve all seen this: half a dozen young people seated at a table, every one of them glued to his or her phone instead of interacting face to face. And a lot of us know somebody who can’t be born away from his computer.

Well, in the workers’ paradise of China, they’ve set up a military-style boot camp for teens and 20-somethings. It’s supposed to break their addiction to the Internet (

Here, the hapless nerd is committed into the program, usually by his parents, for three to six months. The three chief elements of the “therapy” are 1) denial of access to all electronic devices, 2) no outside contact, and 3) training the subject to “follow all orders.” Plus lots of calisthenics.

Lamented one dad, “We couldn’t control him anymore,” adding that his son was spending 20 hours a day on the computer.

According to the guy who runs the camp, Internet addicts are generally run-down physically, their eyes suffer, and–dig this!–brain capacity decreases by around 8%! But you can get the same results by watching The View.

He estimates some 24 million young people in China are Internet-addicted.

Well, there you have it–better living through coercion. You can bet American liberals are already wondering if they could use these techniques to engineer our own socialist utopia.

But all those addictions, of whatever kind, are about a futile effort to fill a hole in the soul that only God can fill.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

7 responses to “Addicted to the Internet? Welcome to Boot Camp!

  • Linda Sorci

    The addiction seems to be related to interactive internet games. These young people can’t seem to get enough. The other day I came across a video about this subject and the facility the parents were bringing their ‘addicted’ children to said that some of these youngsters actually wear diapers so they don’t have to take bathroom breaks! A bit excessive.

    Here’s a little something to lift our spirits:


  • thewhiterabbit2016

    I refuse to have a cell phone. You want to get a hold of me, call my land line at ***********, When I see cell phone addicts I have to smile as I look at the real world around them. Today, while running an errand, I passed a grown man on his back on his cement driveway looking up at his cell phone held high by his outstretched hands – crazy world.



    “But all those addictions, of whatever kind, are about a futile effort to fill a hole in the soul that only God can fill.” Word.


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