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Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2011 Jun;14(6):391-4. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2009.0331. Epub 2011 Jan 4.

Internet-addicted kids and South Korean government efforts: boot-camp case.

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College of Business, Chosun University, Seosuk-dong 375, Dong-gu, Gwangju, South Korea.


Computer overuse has been a serious problem for the past several years. One aspect of the information age has been the novel concerns deriving from advanced IT technology--which include Internet addiction, gambling, and so on. These Internet-based problems have emerged in many countries, including South Korea. In an effort to solve this problem, the South Korean government has created a variety of programs designed to cure teenagers' Internet addictions, most notably the Jump Up Internet Rescue School, a camp designed to cure Internet-addicted or online game-addicted children. In this study, we review this boot-camp program and present a brief review of the literature concerning Internet addiction and habit theory. Additionally, we provide some useful implications for the Korean government and other countries, practitioners, and researchers. It is also anticipated that the findings from this study will provide us with a better understanding of how case-study-based research into Internet addiction curative programs can be regarded as a burgeoning field of Internet-related research.

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