can be a pretty scary place, and apparently it can be
pretty addicting too. Not that we're too worried about you checking
back here for the 40th time today, but if you've found yourself having
a tough time disconnecting in London, there might be some help just
around the block. If you're willing to shuttle over and accept it.
A new Internet addiction clinic has opened up in England's most famous
city, as a private London hospital has launched what is said to be the
nation's first dedicated technology addiction service. What's most
comical about an otherwise serious venture is that the service is aimed
at so-called "screenagers," which are teens that just can't seem to pry
themselves away from the LCD in their bedroom. It's actually more than
that; the name is given to children who actually fly into a rage
whenever they are instructed to turn their PC off.
As with any clinic, help will be funneled through intensive in-patient
care or via group therapy sessions, and while it will serve kids as
young as 12, it's aimed at those in the 15-17 age range. Richard
Graham, lead consultant at Capio Nightingale Hospital, told the London
Evening Standard that some parents "end up having to call the police"
in order to keep their kids under control when told that PC time is
over. The therapy involves coaxing patients into experiencing
one-on-one communication with others, using "real" communications
versus online chatting. There's no public price mentioned on this, but
we know it's not cheap. Then again, if your kid yells and screams
whenever the LCD goes black, it's probably worth whatever they charge
if the docs can really cure it.