Monday July 13, 2015

'Web Junkie' doc pries open Chinese internet rehab camps for teen boys

In China, “Internet addiction” is a clinical disorder. 'Web Junkie' enters a Beijing rehab center where Chinese teenagers are "deprogrammed".

In China, “Internet addiction” is a clinical disorder. 'Web Junkie' enters a Beijing rehab center where Chinese teenagers are "deprogrammed". (Shosh Shlam/Web Junkie)

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They wear army fatigues, exercise in tight rows, and struggle not to think about what's happening online. In a country where internet addiction is a clinical disorder, teenagers are "deprogrammed" in military-style rehab camps.

Documentary filmmaker Shosh Shlam joins Shad to discuss her revealing documentary Web Junkie, which enters a Chinese camp for internet-addicted youth. She shares what she learned from three boys and their families and whether she sees the clinic as a harbinger for things to come in North America. 

WEB EXTRA | Watch the trailer for Web Junkie, as well as a clip, below.