Thursday, 19 February 2009

China This Week, February 18

A weekly digest of some eye-catching stories in the Chinese media

Internet Addiction a Disease

A leading medical expert in China has reiterated his claim that Internet addiction is a psychological disease, defending a position that has triggered widespread debate.

Tao Ran, who was responsible for drafting the Internet Disorder Diagnostic Manual, was quoted in The China Daily as saying that defining Internet addiction as a mental disorder did not discriminate against young people who are addicted to online games and surfing the net.

The study and its conclusions have raised fears that addicts could avoid liability for criminal acts if their addiction is defined as a mental disorder. 

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