Weaning Koreans Off Their Wired World

Reading my daily dose of CNN news today, I read an article about Koreans and them being addicted to the internet. Man, the things some of these people do. Earlier this month a three-month-old baby girl succumbed to malnutrition while her parents spent 12-hour stretches in an internet cafe playing the role-playing game Prius Online, police said.

In another tragedy last month, officials said a 22-year-old man returned to an Internet cafe to continue playing immediately after he murdered his mother, who had complained about his gaming habits. Physical exhaustion after long computer sessions has also caused deaths and some even forget to eat or relieve themselves because they are hooked to the PC.

The government will have a hard time to quell this addiction as majority of households are connected to the internet. Mostly everything in South Korea is wired. Even I cannot give a simple suggestion on how to help people be free from internet addiction. I guess the first solution is from the person itself to have the discipline to resist and control from making the addiction get worse.

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