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In the past 15 years, there have been more than 40 articles in the medical literature about excessive participation in on-line internet action games by adolescents and young adults. The following case reports provide detailed information on two boys, ages 16 and 20 years respectively, who are compulsive and enthusiastic internet gamers, to the exclusion of family communication, school activities, academic performance, participation in sports and dating. They have not mastered any of the usual goals of adolescent development.
Though internet was not commercially available in China until 1995, it has been growing tremendously over the years. At the same time, the Chinese government has never ceased regulating or even censoring internet. This paper provides an overview of the development of internet in China, and the major regulatory schemes that have a direct impact on internet speech. Further, it describes some of the specific measures the Chinese government uses to control the internet: filtering and blocking, imposing liabilities on private parties, access control, internet “police”, and “guiding” public opinion. Finally, it concludes that internet censorship does more harm than good.
This paper investigates the impact of internet on economic growth and this impact during the recession. The data are drawn from World Bank in a panel of 201 countries from 1988 to 2010. Results from an OLS model reveal that a 10 percentage point increase in internet penetration rate raises real GDP per capita by 0.57 to 0.63 percentage points. During the recession relative to expansion, the coefficient of internet reduces but it still remains statistically positive. This suggests that internet provides a way to solve the problem of economic recession. Our results are robust to the inclusion of time and country fixed effects.