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Doctors warn of Web addiction

OVERLOAD:Doctors are now using the term ‘hikikomori’ to describe people who withdraw from society for months or years at a time, often due to Internet addiction

By Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff writer, with CNA

As hikikomori typically refuse to accept counseling or treatment, parents could first speak to medical professionals and change their own behavior at home to “slowly open their child’s heart,” Chang said.

Giving examples of what parents of hikikomori could do, Chang said parents should greet their children everyday, whether or not they receive a response, to create opportunities for their child to speak.

They could write notes to their children, speak to them from outside their bedroom door and ask them for their opinions, he said, adding that they should avoid discussing their children’s future plans or comparing them to their peers.

Before children are introduced to the Internet, it would be best to help them find other activities that lead to happiness and fulfillment, such as participating in sports teams or in the arts, such as music, painting or dance, Ko said.

By establishing different sources of happiness, even without the Internet, children would have other ways of making themselves happy and be less likely to rely solely on the Internet or on online games, he said.

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