Modite: Rebecca Thorman

Chinese Video Game Addiction

China_video_games The one-child policy in China has spawned a generation of spoiled but lonely kids that turn to video games to fill their time.

Some have become so attached to gaming - nearly 6 percent spend more than 40 hours a week online - that the nation has recognized the problem as an addiction.

In an effort to control this behavior, the Chinese government has created summer camps to wean kids off of gaming, and special software that curbs game duration (after 3 hours a pop-up appears that encourages the player to log off and go exercise; those that refuse risk losing all of the points they've accumulated in the game!)

The tactics don't appear to be working (China has 162 million Internet users with 100 new users logging on every minute) but adults are committed to the effort and view rehabilitation of these teens as part of their social responsibility.


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