In 2008, China became one of the first countries to declare Internet addiction an official medical condition. In China, people who spend more than six hours online doing something other than work or study are defined as Internet Addiction Disorder. Based on the definition, China has over 20 million Internet addicts. The condition has led to the creation of over 250 camps within China. They are designed to treat young addicts.But is such a boot camp the answer to Internet addiction? If not, what to do with the ever growing number of young people who are addicted to the Internet?
Lorenzo Maccotta,a 33-year-old photographer, spent about a week at one of the hundreds of the military-style boot camps where young Chinese people are quarantined from their compulsive use of technology, mostly online gaming.