Internet Addiction Clinic Opens In London: "Screenagers" Urged To Attend

Internet Addiction Clinic Opens In London: "Screenagers" Urged To Attend

The Internet 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.
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A lot of words that don't have a space in between them. Just a bit distracting.

 

Anyways, I'm sure something like this will cost a lot. Wasn't there something like this for the World of Warcraft addiction?

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Actually London has a fairly good public health system. I doubt that this would cost the end user much, if anything at all. At least not directly.

I wonder if the same clinic would cover WoW..if so It's almost worth the plain ticket to send a couple of my friends to it...lol.

I don't know about the program though. I mean I know what would have happened to me if I through a tantrum over anything past age 2... but maybe my parents were special.

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To bad i live in usa

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You have got to be kidding me!!!

Are they dealing with the nations sex addicts as well!

Here's an idea, if your kid is addicted to the Internet? Disconnect the Internet service! Throw the batteries away.

Or better yet, get them a dial-up connection and AOL! Then see how addicted they are when they have to listen to the screech and wait for the connection! I am sure they will be able to get all their homework done, take the dog for a walk and write a book before they can even load a page.

It amazes me how people nowadays think anything can be an addiction. So they can not only condemn people but control them at the same time! When people start doing things just to get on the internet that people will do for crack, then I might consider thinking its an addiction. As for now these are just really stupid people! I refer you to that line Bob Saget says in Dave Chapel's movie Half Baked? Watch it, you'll see.

Behavior like this can be controlled by two simple words, STOP IT!

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I am very passionate about technology, hardware in particular. This is a stress relieve for me from the day to day grind of life my PC is my sanctuary. I look at it like I could be out doing harm to others or myself I choose to be a Geek and I am proud of that,,, I say this with honor.

Geek it till it megahertz baby!!!!!!!!!!

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Right on la_guy Smile LOL

Animatortom that's just torture and a cruel and unusual punishment :) lol

The parents need inter net too Stick out tongue

russell no more thread spam? its time for post spam? :)

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