Saturday, November 24, 2007

[The Chosun Ilbo, November 20 2007] NYT Reports on Korea's Boot Camp for Cyberspace Addicts

Korea may be the most wired country in the world in terms of Internet access but a leading U.S. daily says that has come at a price -- cyberspace addiction.

The New York Times reports that Korea is operating a boot camp as a rehab center to help Internet junkies kick their potentially deadly habit, which the paper says is possibly the first in the world.

The paper says Internet addiction has become a national issue in recent years as some users died of exhaustion after playing online games for days on end.

It describes how some kids skip school to stay online and describes the phenomenon as ''a shockingly self-destructive behavior in a country that's intensely competitive.''

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