When I read the articles about disconnection from the internet, and how the internet has altered people’s mental habits, I immediately thought about the topic internet addiction. China has a big issue of young generation addicting to the internet. Some young kids play video games online days and night in internet cafes without even eating any food. Some college students are addicted to the internet so much that their academic performance gets poorer and poorer to the extent they are forced to drop out of school. Li, secretary-general of the top legislature in China, claimed that about 10 percent of the estimated 40 million Chinese children using the Internet were addicted. China is the first country to issue the definition of internet addiction. Many boot camps throughout the nation have been established to help kick Internet addiction. Children and teenagers were forced to and tricked by their parents into the boot camps. Korea has the same issue, and it’s developed a curriculum to teach children as young as 3 years old how to protect themselves from overusing digital gadgets and the Internet.
We have to admit, the evolution of internet has done a tremendous job of creating a more convenient life style. However, if excessively used, is it really helping us or destroying us? I have to admit that I’m addicted to the internet or to the computer without choice. I get most of my work done on the computer, I get the news and information around the world through my smart phone or the internet, and I relax myself and have entertainment on the computer. I spent most of my day sitting in front of the computer. Luckily I have two dogs I need to walk, that is some time I have to step away from the computer. Although I might be checking my phone while walking the dogs. The world is getting ironic in the way that people actually think it is a meaningful way to connect with people and places around us through internet.
At last, please enjoy some comics about the internet addiction.