China now has Internet addiction treatment centres

After breakfast at 7.10am, it’s time for counselling sessions, more exercise and “other activities”, according to a schedule provided. The lights are switched off at 9.30pm. Weekends are devoted to cleaning, laundry, more exercise and a recap of the past week.

At around 9.30am, the children were doing runs, push-ups and squats to barked commands from instructors wearing army fatigues. Many of them looked lethargic and reluctant.

Those who rebel are tied to their beds with restraints until they calm down, while more serious cases are kept alone in a small room for as long as 10 days, according to an account from one patient.


With the rise of content consumption in India (over smartphone/thanks to cheap data), do you think we are *JUST* a few years behind this scenario?

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