(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 (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11345412/Inside-the-Chinese-boot-camp-treating-Internet-addiction.html).
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.