Linyi Mental Health Hospital in eastern Shandong province used the treatment as part of a four-month programme that has so far treated nearly 3 000 youths, the China Youth Daily newspaper has reported, citing the psychiatrist who runs it, Yang Yongxin. Patients are charged 5 500 yuan ($805) a month.
Chinese psychologists say symptoms of internet addiction include being online more than six hours a day - playing games and looking at pornography rather than working or studying - and getting angry when unable to get online. If you ask me, this sounds like most of the people I know and it includes most of the online community.
China has the world's largest number of internet users with 338 million - more than the entire population of the United States. More than 10 million of the country's 100 million teenage web surfers are internet addicts, the China Daily said, citing a survey by the China Youth Internet Association last year. If they start giving shock treatment to the entire next generation, I don't have much hope for the future. We are going to end up with a bunch of zombies with fried brains.