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South Korea to Offer Software to Combat Internet Addiction

by VR Sreeraman on  March 17, 2010 at 2:42 PM Lifestyle News   - G J E 4
South Korea has unveiled a plan to prevent Internet addiction by providing a free software from next year which will help web addicts, the prime minister's office said on Tuesday.
 South Korea to Offer Software to Combat Internet Addiction
South Korea to Offer Software to Combat Internet Addiction
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The government, which estimates the highly wired nation has about two million web addicts, will offer two types of software -- a consensual shutdown programme and one called Internet Fatigue.

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Consensual shutdown limits usage to a time set by a guardian or user. Internet Fatigue makes games harder as time goes by so that the player becomes bored.

The offer is part of a plan drawn up by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security to combat Internet addiction.

"The recent incident of a death caused by game addiction clearly shows Internet addiction is a problem for all ages," a ministry spokesman said.

Police this month arrested a couple who allegedly left their baby daughter to starve to death at home while out at an Internet cafe, playing marathon sessions of an online game that simulates child-rearing.

The new plan will offer education and counselling. The government says 8.8 percent of Internet users are addicted, and hopes to reduce that to five percent by 2012.

The Korea Computer Life Institute estimates a third of adults are game addicts and around a quarter of teenagers.

Source: AFP
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