Global Journalist: China's Internet Addicts

Nov 30, 2017

An image from the 2013 film "Web Junkie" (Courtesy).

Massive multiplayer online role playing games like "World of Warcraft" and "League of Legends" are wildly popular in China. 

But the popularity of online games has given rise to fears that the country has raised a generation of "internet addicts." One 2009 survey estimated there are 24 million young people addicted to the internet in the country. 

The concern spurred the opening of more than 300 internet addiction treatment centers - many of which resemble boot camps that use controversial techniques to try to cure patients. 

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at internet addiction in China. 


Joining the program: 

  • Shosh Shlam, director of the 2013 documentary "Web Junkie."
  • Zigor Aldama, East Asia correspondent for Spain's El Pais and ABC newspapers.
  • Marcella Szablewicz, assistant professor of communication studies at Pace University.
  • Hilarie Cash, chief clinical officer at reSTART Life, an internet addiction treatment center in Fall City, Wash.

Assistant producers: Maria Callejon, Denitsa Tsekova, Yanqi Xu
Supervising producers: Rachel Foster-Gimbel, Lauren Wortman
Visual editor: Aleissa Bleyl