A Korean treatment centre is giving away pets to patients suffering from internet addiction: free of charge and with spending money thrown in:
“Anyone who is an Internet addict or who believe they have the symptoms of becoming one can apply to the center for a pet. There are no restrictions on age or the number of applicants. Children, adults and even the elderly can apply,” said a KIAC official.
“We give out the pets for free and also provide 200,000 won for food and vaccinations. There are choices of animals other than dogs or cats such as rabbits and hedgehogs.”
Will having a dog or a cat cure internet addiction? Probably not. Will some of these pets be abused by people incapable of interacting with a real living being? Probably yes.
I hope they give out fewer dogs and more hedgehogs. At least you don’t need to walk a hedgehog.