Source: YouTube and others, see links below
Date: November 24, 2014
Links: Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqctG3NnDa0
Review Blog from Sundance Festival: http://www.hitfix.com/the-fien-print/sundance-review-web-junkie-explores-internet-addiction-in-china
IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2064745/
The video clip linked here and the larger documentary film from which it was taken shows the approach to treatment of Internet Addiction among teenagers taken within China. China was the first country to formally declare the existence of Internet Addition and develop state supported treatment programs and centers. The film shows activities within the Chinese Teenagers Mental Growth Center. It shows a somewhat militaristic approach which, none the less, is not so very far removed from forms of “secure treatment” provided to teens dealing with issues such as addiction or eating disorders in Canada. The program claims a 70% successfully treatment rate though it is unclear precisely what this reflects (e.g., completion of treatment, successful reintegration with family, more positive adjustment and less internet gaming, etc.?). The cultural context of addictive behaviour is also indirectly shown in the film where the youth being treated often lost all friendships, left school, and spent days at a time gaming continuously in internet cafes.
Questions for Discussion:
- Is the Chinese definition of addiction and its application to internet gaming appropriate? What about their approach to treatment?
- Given that internet gaming addiction is now included in the DSM-5 (see editorial links below), how should we think about and approach this issue here in Canada (North America)?
Other Sources of Information on this Issue:
Block, Jerald J., (2008) Issues for DSM-V: Internet Addiction, American Journal of Psychiatry, 165(3) 306-307. Pdf download: http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/pdf/10.1176/appi.ajp.2007.07101556
Petry, Nancy M. and O’Brien, Charles P. (2013) Internet gaming disorder and the DSM-5, Addiction, 108(7) 1186-1187. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/add.12162/full
Kuss, D.J.; Griffiths, M.D.; Karila, L.; and Billieux, J. (2013) Internet Addiction: A systematic review of epidemiological research for the last decade, Current Pharmaceutical Design, 20(25), 4026-4052.