MUJU: South Korea is the most connected country in the entire world.
Almost everybody has a smartphone and access to the internet, but this has come with a darker side.
Official figures for last year show that over 140,000 young people were addicted to the internet, but some reports suggest that this number could, in fact, be much higher.
According to Newsround, having internet addiction is when a person is using the internet so much that it is having a negative impact on their mental or physical health or both.
It can affect a person’s behavior and how they interact with the real world.
People may also lose track of time and neglect their basic needs, such as eating or sleeping.
Like with other addictions, not being on the internet could also cause problems for someone who is addicted, for example, feelings of anger or sadness.
Newsround has been to South Korea to visit an internet addiction camp as one of the alternatives to ‘cure’ and lessen the addictions.
An internet addiction camp is a place where people can go to receive help for the unhealthy relationship that they have with the internet.
They can learn techniques to help them to become more independent from the online world and to change how they feel about spending time online.
Since 2014, over 1,200 young people have attended internet addiction camps in South Korea.
At the camp in Muju, the rules are very strict and phones are not allowed.
The camp focuses on helping teenagers to feel better about themselves away from their phones.
It hosts craft sessions, sports, games, and activities which are designed to help young people to come out of the digital world, and back into the real one.
The idea is that these activities will help those at the camps to find other ways to feel happy and relaxed, instead of by getting ‘likes’ and winning games online.- Newsround