Saturday, June 03, 2006

Addiction to Internet games? Use the Vietnamese method

It seems that online gaming is becoming a serious social problem in southeastern Asia, more specifically in Vietnam.
Starting from this month, the Vietnamese authorities decided to impose some regulations to decrease the time spent by people playing video games in internet cafes and other public places with access to the internet. Some of the new regulations require that cyber games manufacturers must develop programs that control time and scores, so after three hours the program should divide the points scored by two, and after five hours it must not record any score; also, children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult, and internet shops must close at 11:00 pm.
The government expects to decrease the time wasted by people, especially children, in playing internet games.
This news is not a surprise when coming from southeastern Asia, where it's normal to hear that the use of internet has caused health problems to many internet users, and where I believe that clinics to treat internet addiction are also available. It's just difficult to believe that Asians can develop health and social problems by using internet, and therefore I think that the Vietnamese authorities are taking correct actions to fight one of the most strange illnesses that those southeastern Asian countries have ever seen: internet addiction.
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