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Korean Church acts to curb teen Net addiction

A survey revealing that one in five teenagers in South Korea is "addicted" to the Internet has prompted Church media officials to call for pastoral programs to give relevant guidance to Catholic youth.

According to the survey results, about 500 of the 2509 students aged 14-19 surveyed, spend on average more than three hours a day on the Internet and show some symptoms of psychological disorder if they cannot do this.

Dr Cho Jung-woo, who conducted the survey, defines Internet addiction as habitual use of the Internet with serious negative consequences for a person's social, mental, physical or financial well-being.

Commenting on the survey, Fr Emilio Cheong Ung-mo of Seoul archdiocese said the Church should take Internet addiction among youth seriously and provide measures to address the problem.

UCA News

8 Apr 2003