Yoo Chae Rin, 16, hasn't slept at 4 a.m., she's been playing with her smartphone for 13 hours, and she's going to school in less than three hours. Knowing she had a problem, she joined a government run smartphone addiction treatment camp.
South Korea has the highest smartphone ownership rate in the world, with more than 98 percent of teenagers having phones in 2018, many of them addictive, and about 30 percent of South Korean children between the ages of 10 and 19 are classified as overly dependent on mobile phones, which means they have experienced mobile phone use.
Government Internet addiction treatment camp from 2015It's an extension to the smartphone addiction.。 South Korea's Ministry of gender equality and family opened 16 treatment camps this year. For some parents, this is the last resort to curb addiction.