Report and vocabulary
Internet addiction in South Korea's got so bad the government's banned teens from going online after midnight.
Web junkies have been going without food, drink and sleep for days because they're hooked on computer games.
The authorities have been hedging their bets by putting money into a variety of solutions.
One scheme monitors people's brainwaves, while another tries to get youngsters involved in more traditional forms of entertainment.
the medical and or psychological condition of being unable to stop doing something harmful.
Generally we talk about addictions to substances like alcohol and drugs but in this story it's used to describe being obsessed with the internet and online gaming.
The related verb is: to be addicted (to something)
'a junkie' is an informal word for someone who is addicted to drugs. In this story it's also used to refer to people who are addicted to playing computer games.
- hooked on
an informal way of saying 'addicted to'
- hedging their bets
'to hedge your bets' is an expression which means to reduce your chances of making a mistake by investing in more than one possible option
electrical signals produced in the brain