The Chinese government has ordered a controversial video game addiction clinic to stop subjecting alleged teenage game addicts to electric shock treatments.
China Daily reports that the Ministry of Health issued the directive yesterday to the clinic in Linyi, Shandong province:
More than 3,000 young people were tricked or forced into in to the four-month long course. To enroll their children, parents or guardians had to sign a contract acknowledging that they would be given electric shocks of up to 200 milliamperes. The treatment cost 6,000 yuan ($878) per month...
Shocks were given if patients broke any of the center’s 86 rules, which included prohibitions on eating chocolate, locking the bathroom door, taking pills before a meal, and sitting in Dr. Yang's chair without permission.
Details of the treatment first became public when former patients wrote about their experiences online...
Kong Lingzhong, who edits a Chinese Internet addiction-themed portal commented on the clinic's methods:
We have no clue whether this freaky treatment has side-effects.