Unplug & Recharge//

China Drafts Law to Curb ‘Electroshock Therapy’ for Internet Addicted-Teens

A new law proposes limitations on how teenagers are treated for internet-addiction in China.

Image courtesy of Unsplash

China has drafted a new law to meant to curb the aggressive, often abusive, treatment (like electroshock therapy) that’s used to combat internet addiction — a particular problem among the country’s teenagers.

The law would limit the amount of time minors can play games on the web, both at home and in internet bars. On the table is a provision requiring that would-be players register using their real name, so that their use can be monitored.

Dr. Tao Ran, director of the Internet Addiction Clinic at Beijing Military General Hospital, told the New York Times that he has seen Chinese teenagers suffer from “lasting psychological trauma” after more intense modes of treatment, including the internet detox boot camps enlisted as a “last resort.” Research suggests that medication and cognitive behavioral therapy can be effective, non-invasive, methods of addressing Internet addiction.

Read more on NYT.

Originally published at journal.thriveglobal.com

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.