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  • Gaming gets you out of the military

    Originally posted by ABC News

    http://www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s1168579.htm
    A number of Finnish conscripts have been excused their full term of military service because they are addicted to the internet, according to Finland's defence force.

    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 of the Finnish Defence Forces.

    "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.

    There are no official figures for the internet addict dropout rate.

    "They get sent home for three years and after that they have to come back and we ask if they are OK ... they will have had time to grow up," Kivela said.

    Finland called up 26,500 men in 2003, 9% of whom were relieved of duty for medical reasons.

    But internet drop-outs have not dented national pride in "sisu", a Finnish quality of being tough and resilient.

    "We are very proud of our Finnish men. Eight-two percent of all Finnish men manage their whole military service," Kivela said.

    Interesting.
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    GameSquad.com

  • #2
    I bet most addiction drop outs play something like Everquest. I hear for certain naturally reclusive types those games are the equivalent of crack.
    Even Jesus will never forgive what you do - Bob Dylan

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    • #3
      well to me this seems to be exagerated, i mean one or two isolated is possible but i doubt that 9% of new recruits are suffering of this
      looking forward to the new version of toaw

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      • #4
        Well, draft is not something good, is it?
        "A platoon of Chinese tanks viciously attacked a Soviet harvester,
        which was peacefully working a field near the Soviet-Chinese border.
        The harvester returned fire and upon destroying the enemy
        returned to its home base."

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        • #5
          Too bad I can't claim disability and quit my job for the same reasons
          "Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorius is to die daily" - Napoleon Bonaparte.

          Michael

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          • #6
            Originally posted by viridomaros
            well to me this seems to be exagerated, i mean one or two isolated is possible but i doubt that 9% of new recruits are suffering of this
            I think 9% would be the total medical rejects.

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            • #7
              yes would be interesting how much of those 9% are suffering from this "disease" probably one or two guys
              looking forward to the new version of toaw

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