31772a6dd13fa30012a6de614c7ac0fc9734955e5797a33812 Money And Knowledge: Japan to launch ‘internet fasting‘ camps

Japan to launch ‘internet fasting‘ camps

Japan is planning to propose 'internet fasting camps' in a bid to deal with more than half a million of the nation's children who are addicted to the web, it has been revealed.

The country's government spokesman told The Daily Telegraph that they have estimated that the addiction affects around 518,000 children at middle and high schools across Japan, but the figure is rising.

A survey of more than 98,000 youngsters found that nearly 8.1% of the respondents were "pathologically" addicted to the internet, and reported trouble sleeping and poor nutrition.

In the camps, kids will have no access to the internet, smartphones or video games and they will be encouraged to play sports and other outdoor activities at the days-long events.

Counsellors will be on hand to help them get a handle on their digital habits.