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Youth and Internet Addiction in China,9780415656917
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Youth and Internet Addiction in China

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1st
ISBN13:

9780415656917

ISBN10:
0415656915
Format:
Hardcover
Pub. Date:
8/5/2013
Publisher(s):
Routledge
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A form of "electronic opium" is how some people have characterised young people's internet use in China. The "problem" is seen by some parents as so severe that they have sought psychiatric help for their children. This book, which is based on extensive original research, including discussions with psychiatrists, parents and "internet-addicted" young people, explores the conflicting attitudes which this issue reveals. It contrasts the views of young people who see internet use, especially gaming, as a welcome escape from the dehumanising pressures of contemporary Chinese life, with the approach of parents, who insist that working hard for good school grades is the correct way to progress. The author shows that these contrasting attitudes constitute a battle, often fierce and violent, arguing that the greater problem may in fact lie with parents and other authority figures, who misguidedly apply high pressure to enforce young people to conform to the empty values of a modern, dehumanised consumer-oriented society.


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