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  • Michael Coghlan
    How about this for an unexpected advantage of using the Net!!!!! ======================================= (from ABC Australia news) *Web addiction gets Finnish
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 4, 2004
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      How about this for an unexpected advantage of using the Net!!!!!

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      (from ABC Australia news)

      *Web addiction gets Finnish conscripts out of army*

      The Finnish Defence Force has excused some conscripts from serving the full
      term of their military service because they are addicted to the Internet.

      Doctors have found the young men miss their computers too much to cope with
      the compulsory six months in the forces.

      The military conscription unit's commander, Captain Jyrki Kivela, said:
      "For people who play [Internet] games all night and don't have any friends,
      don't have any hobbies, to come into the army is a very big shock.

      "Some of [the conscripts] go to the doctor and say they can't stay.
      Sometimes, the doctors have said they have an Internet addiction."

      There are no official figures for the Internet addict dropout rate.

      "They get sent home for three years and after that they have to come back
      and we ask if they are okay ... they will have had time to grow up,"
      Captain Kivela said.
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