Japanese Government Opens “Internet Fasting Camps” To Treat Addicted Teens

Computer_labCould you survive these brutal camps? Via the International Business Times:

In response to rising numbers of young people who are “pathologically addicted” to the internet, Japan is opening up so-called “internet fasting camps” to wean youths off the web. Researchers at Japan’s Nihon University estimate that about 8.1 percent of the country’s students are addicted to the internet.

The Tokyo government’s education ministry will introduce “web fasting camps” to help young people disconnect from their PCs, laptops, mobile phones and hand-held devices. Akifumi Sekine, a spokesman for the education ministry, added: “We want to get them out of the virtual world and to encourage them to have real communication with other children and adults.”

Youths forcibly removed from their beloved mobile devices may suffer withdrawal symptoms, i.e., “cold turkey.”

  • Rhoid Rager

    Government–depriving people of information since 4000BC.

  • Anarchy Pony

    I always feel better after about a week without the webtubes. After a couple days you start jonesing pretty bad, but after that, you cease to care.

  • Haystack

    You know who else put people in camps that didn’t have Internet? The nazis.

  • otonin

    This is actually a really good idea…We need this over here too.

  • Manic Doodlings

    Although I like the idea of fasting from the internet, digital media, etc., I don’t like the idea of forcing people to do anything–especially if “camps” are involved…