We have all heard the story about a Mom killing her baby for crying while she was playing FarmVille. Yes, games can be that addictive especially for teens. The Chinese government has now introduced a new law, that allows parents to monitor and interrupt their children’s gaming sessions.
The law will be binding on gaming arena’s and cafe’s and parents upon proving their identity will be able to enforce daily and weekly restrictions on their kid’s gaming hours. The restrictions in a worse case could also include a total ban.
Gaming addiction has become a major problem in China with the number of teenage gaming addicts reaching a whopping 33 million mark, according to a report by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. The Chinese authorities know fair well, what happened when the Britishers got them hooked to opium. They want to avoid at all costs, the potential implications of a nation hooked to gaming.
Some social scientists have their doubts about the new regulations, as according to them the new rules will lead to family conflicts and may prompt a more rebellious attitude in kids. According to Gu Jun, a sociologist at Shanghai University:
The order seemed unfeasible and a recipe for family conflicts. It’s a governmental gesture rather than an efficient solution.
The affects of gaming addictions on teens are still not clear, however, their are reports that showed Facebook and gaming addictions to have little or no effect on student grades. Having said this, the area lacks credible research into the potential effects on a teens mental and psychological health as a result of getting addicted to playing games (or certain type of games).
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