Web Addiction Gets Conscripts Out of Army

A number of Finnish conscripts have been excused their full term of military service because they are addicted to the Internet, the Finnish Defense Forces said Tuesday.
Doctors have found the young men miss their computers too much to cope with their compulsory six months in the forces.
“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,” said Commander-Captain Jyrki Kivela at the military conscription unit.
“Some of (the conscripts) go to the doctor and say they can’t stay. Sometimes, the doctors have said they have an Internet addiction,” Kivela said.
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