Thursday, 3 January 2008
At 1102 GMT on BBC Radio 4
South Korea is the world's most "wired" country with around 70 per cent of the population hooked up to a high speed internet connection. This reality has spawned a whole new type of sportsman: the "e athlete".
Professional computer gamers can now earn hundreds of thousands of dollars playing to packed audiences.
However, a 2006 government survey suggested addiction to computer gaming is a significant and growing problem: ten people have actually died after exceptionally long stints in front of the computer screen.
Julian Pettifer investigates the extent of this addiction in Korea - and asks how the Korean government is persuading young people to turn off their computer screens.
BBC Radio 4's Crossing Continents will be broadcast on Thursday, 3 January 2008 at 1102 GMT. It will be repeated on Monday, 7 January 2008 at 2030 GMT.
Reporter: Julian Pettifer
Producer: Lucy Ash