A friend sent me a story from news.com.au in Australia this week.
He found it on the Drudge Report. It was about boot camps that are popping up in China to de-program teens who are showing signs of being addicted to the Internet.
I was fascinated by the story. So, I made sure our readers on NewsOK.com had a chance to see the story as well, placing it as an Around the Web article on NewsOK.com.
Of course, the link led to more conversation and more clicking. I clicked through the original News.com.au story to the documentary film that spends time in these boot camps. The film is called “Web Junkies,” and it was played at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition.
In the clip that was featured on the “Web Junkies” website, a young man talks with his fellow boot campers about how he played an online game for about 300 consecutive hours.
“What is 15 days multiplied by 24 hours?”
(It’s actually 360 hours by my math, but I don’t blame him if he lost count of the days.)
Yeah … he says in the video clip that he napped briefly when he was tired. And I’m sure he ate from time to time and even perhaps used the restroom.
But 15 days — or 12 1/2 days if it was only 300 hours — is a long time to be doing one thing.
And so that leads me to NewsOK.com.
I’m a huge proponent of Internet users across the world using NewsOK every day — multiple times per day, even. But I told my friend that I would not dare advocate someone using NewsOK for 300 consecutive hours.
But I also said it could be done. There are enough local stories, wire stories, local photos, wire photos, NewsOK videos, national videos and general NewsOK pages to sift through each day that you could, theoretically, be clicking around on NewsOK.com for 300 consecutive hours.
But again, I said I would not advocate such behavior. Four hours per day on NewsOK is just fine with me. I can support users who choose to devote that much time to us.
My friend, on the other hand, said we should make a contest out of it. See who could last the longest, maybe? Live stream a room full of people in continuous news consumption on NewsOK, perhaps?
As he put it:
“This ain’t China. They won’t throw you in prison for encouraging Internet use.”
We’re not going to have such a contest. Not this week, anyway.
But everyone should know that there are enough stories, galleries and videos on NewsOK to allow for 300 hours of continuous news consumption.
If you want to try it, let us know. Maybe we’ll document your effort.