Internet Addiction Targeted In South Korea

With 90 percent of homes having broadband access, the internet is almost too readily available in South Korea according to psychiatrist Dr. Kim Tae-hoon. Dr. Kim Tae-hoon remarks that, “In South Korea it’s easier for citizens to play online games than to invest in their offline personal relations through face-to-face conversations. People are becoming growingly numb to human interaction.” According to Eo Gee-jun, president of the Korea Computer Life Institute, Three out of 10 adults and some 26 percent of teenagers are addicted gamers. With internet addiction becoming an increasing concern, the government is instituting policies placing restrictions on internet use and educating the public about the dangers of internet addiction.



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