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S. Korean teens spending summer in gaming and smartphone rehab

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in recent months gaming addiction has been a hot topic around the world after the WHL categorized he condition as a mental disorder regardless of the arguments for and against this decision South Korea over the years has been proactive in preventing and treating unhealthy gaming habits among children and teens our Oh Sooyoung takes us to camp in South Korea for young gaming addicts for 21 hours a day 14 year old Kim has been playing video games throughout the night before she goes to school I started getting dizzy and shaking at school and I can't focus in class and my grades have dropped a lot I just keep thinking about gaming and imagine my fingers on the keyboard but Kim doesn't see herself stopping anytime seen she sometimes worried she'll never achieve her dream of becoming a novelist that's one of the reasons why she's spending a summer holiday in rehab in the mountainous County of Wu Zhu a camp for teenagers like Kim who are addicted to gaming and smartphone usage keeps them well beyond the reach of digital screens for two to four weeks they learn to reconnect with reality through individual and group counseling community service and creative activities learning that the hands can do much more than clicking and scrolling here in this group therapy session teenagers are writing a book about their lives in the future and how they achieve their genes by overcoming their addiction to gaming and smartphone usage an essential part of the program is building social connections as more and more children use digital media from an early age their offline social bonds become weaker many addicts show a lack of social interaction so a lot of our programs here are dedicated to helping our teens socialize and develop friendships given the popularity of online gaming in Korea with children spending an average of 44 minutes on gaming every day Korea has been taking measures to curb unhealthy habits Korea's been proactive in dealing with gaming addiction there's a lava bands under 16s from playing games after midnight as well as specified indicators of gaming addiction when gaming becomes the center of your life craving and withdrawal symptoms and when you stop eating sleeping going to school putting things off were socializing properly if this signs subsists for 12 months you're considered addicted the World Health Organization earlier this year classified gaming addiction as a mental disorder a move that could enable national health authorities to adopt more systematic control and treatment over the condition however there's been a backlash from the gaming industry on adopting the whu-oh standards citing a lack of scientific proof that gaming addiction is a legitimate illness but for the teenagers here at this camp the addiction is rael anta has consumed their lives was young and along News

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