How much is a life worth? In China, apparently about $120,000. That's how much the family of a 19-year-old young woman received after she died at an internet addiction camp earlier this year.
Internet Addiction is a growing problem for millions around the globe, but in more wired countries the problem is all the more prevalent.
The dangers of internet addiction in China were demonstrated yesterday, when an unidentified 30-year-old man collapsed in an internet cafe outside of Beijing following three days of nonstop online gaming.
A group of adolescents interred at an internet addiction boot camp rose up against their oppressors last week, restraining their supervisor and fleeing the facility to taste sweet, sweet freedom. At least until their parents sent them back.
The Christian Science Monitor recently visited Beijing's internet addiction center to talk to the docs and addicts about the issue of, among other things, gaming addiction.
The Boston Globe has an intriguing question and answer session up with Dr. Jerald Block, who specializes in online video game addiction.