No more electro-shock treatment for ‘Internet addiction’ in China


Electro-shock therapy, made famous by The Simpsons so many years ago, is now banned in China as a treatment for “Internet addiction.” Apparently there were concerns over the safety of such a treatment. Go figure.

A psychiatrist in Shandong Province—who doesn’t know where that is?—shocked some 3,000 teens in order to cure them of their addiction. No more. Said the country’s Ministry of Health:

Electroshock therapy for Internet addiction…has no foundation in clinical research or evidence and therefore is not appropriate for clinical application.

All of us here at CrunchGear are online at least 10 hours per day, though it’s safe to say we wish we could, I don’t know, stretch our legs every once in a while. A job is not an addition, granted, but man wasn’t meant to spend his whole life in front of a laptop fiddling around with WordPress settings.