Posts Tagged ‘Internet Addiction Disorder’

People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones

In culture on July 22, 2017 at 18:04

I was reading a story about Paula Poundstone who seems to made a kind of career in comedy. But the story I read was not funny. It was bizarre.

The story was about her sending one of her foster children into a wilderness program following by a stay in a punitive boarding school. Not because the child used drugs. Not because the child drank alcohol (which for odd reasons seem to be a problem in the United States).

No. The child was punished for intensive use of computer and internet!!


In Denmark where I live you find almost no book in public schools and high schools. All homework has to be done by computer! Then the department of education by one touch can see the state of the school system in seconds. From year one in school the students have to participate in national tests one time per year as soon as they have learned the letters and numbers to their username and password.

The national tests prevent alternative curriculums and often they help shut down schools where the average test results are too poor.

When you reach 15 years of age you have to apply for NemID (Easy ID). Once you have this access you can see whatever treatment you got at any medical place, so no doctor shopping in Denmark. NemID is your only access point to the public sector. You get your own mail-box where fines, letters and receipts are sent to.

If you get robbed, do not go down to the policestation. They cannot take your report. You have to file it by computer.

What has this approach helped? Well. If you look at E-games participants, Denmark are in the lead. Both in games where you are on your own but also in games where people have to work together.

Look at results in the industry. The no longer existing Token Ring technoligy was often developed in Denmark, many of Borlands products, Skype og Microsoft Business Solution systems were partly developed with help from top-programmers in Denmark.

In Denmark using time on computers for up to 6 hours per day can become your chance breaking negative social heritage.

I wonder if Paula Poundstone knows what century she lives in. To make matters worse she decided to punish her child without the authorities intervening and we are talking about a foster-mom who already had used poor judgment one time. According to a court-ruling she endangered her children by driving under influence. Expensive lawyers made her get off with a slap on her hand.

But she is doing it again. Wilderness therapy is not safe. Wilderness therapy has claimed the lives of teenagers for many years. Since 1980 when it became fashion it has worked basically in the same manner. Teenagers are still woken in the middle of the night being put in handcuffs by private security firms specializing in kidnapping of transport of teenagers as they choose to name it.

So why did the department of social services not stop this? Why did they not remove the smaller siblings to safety? This is clearly a foster-mom out of control.

I am shocked.



A documentary about torture

In culture on January 27, 2015 at 21:16

They just broadcasted the documentary Webjunkie on the Danish Television channel DR2.

What I saw was a documentary about torture. For no reason young teenagers were locked up for playing online games or seeking material on the Internet.

Parents who have been raised without modern technology don’t understand how the modern globalized world work and they become afraid of their children distancing from them. But done are the days where children could settle with being educated in the culture and history of the country alone. They have to learn global awareness and several languages. They need to establish global social networks on the computer. A friend playing world of Warcraft today could be your business partner tomorrow.

The parents fail to understand this and as result the lock their children up in a rehab center where the teenagers will grow up being the new lost generation.

As some people might know the lost generation used about the high school graduates Mao send out to rural communities where they were supposed be a good example for the local people. They were away for so long that they missed out going to the university and getting a career. They were overtaken by younger generations and ended up with a life without having reached their full potential.

The same goes for these young teenagers in the documentary. They lose time where they could build up social networks over the entire world. They may settle with working at a factory for 20 hours per day building cell phones until they commit suicide as so many of the Chinese workers in this industry do.

It is just waste of life and hard to watch.


Fixing a non-problem with your teenager

In culture on January 19, 2015 at 17:30

‘You are spending too much time on the computer’

It is a sentence which is becoming still more used in modern families.

Are there some days where parents’ wishes that they should be handling old-times problems like when they were kids and alcohol and teenage pregnancies where the problems?

Fact is that a lot of countries have moved jobs from manual labor to electronic long-distance work done over the computer. In a country like Denmark every third job in the industry is gone. In Denmark you are forced to conduct almost every kind of communication with the public sector over the Internet.

In 2014 the government forced every Dane aged 15 or above to establish a secure email-account in their system where every kind of information (taxes, school-papers, pension etc.) would be sent to the individual citizen. No snail-mail would be sent in the future. Relatives of retired people who had never been trained using a computer were recommended to get power of attorney to read their mails or help them getting the training which was offered for free by the city administration.

So why is it a problem if the kids use all their time on the computer? Even school is now offered long-distance for those children who fits badly into a traditional class-setting or are ill-equipped to function socially?

Because some people invented the diagnose “Internet Addiction Disorder” in order to attract clients now there the percentage of teenagers who acts out due to crime, alcohol or drugs are a record low!

There will always be something parents worry about and the professionals selling residential treatment programs know that.

I saw an article in The Telegraph about the Chinese boot camp industry. Parents confine their children to a boot camp like environment and if they survive the stay (several have already been killed) they return home to the same environment and fail because the modern life requires them to use computers and can return for yet another stay in the boot camp.

As the twenty-two-year-old Li Wenchao who is a repeat patient is quoted to have been said:

‘I am afraid to go back to a normal life,’

‘I fear I will become addicted again. That is why I have asked to stay longer, until I develop enough confidence to deal with life’.

To deal with life!

But that is the problem. Life is not inside the camp. Life is on the outside. Life is conducted of the terms which we give our youth.

It reminds me about the very popular boarding schools in Denmark called “Efterskole”. The students like them. In fact they return home with a boosted self-confidence. Some months later many suffer from depression-like symptoms. They face difficulties to the new life outside the boarding school.

What is the problem?

The answer is that they have confined themselves to a positive group orientated world where the speed is four times the speed outside the boarding school. They have been part of a group bound together so tight that they resemble a religious church movement.

We have all been taught what happens when you are kicked out of such a group. People are shunned. The former boarding school students feel it like this not because they are unwanted. No at the boarding school they had almost no private life. They were forced into a group in a positive way and they slowly lost the ability to function isolated as most teenagers do alone in their room with their laptop connected to the world listening to music and communicating with friends over social networks.

Of course you end up depressed if you have been around people and suddenly have to learn to be alone again. The very same happens to the teenagers in the Chinese boot camp. Inside the boot camp everything is done off-line. The world outside is online. They cannot prepare their students in a proper way. The entire investment turns out to be a failure.

Fixing a non-problem regarding your teenager can end up being a deadly experience for the teenager. That is one risk. The other risk is that your teenager will have to live with the consequences of having been kicked out of the normal daily life for a period. Worst case scenario is suicide. Best case scenario is a life filled with therapy and mentors to learn how to live normally.


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