Do young people spend too much time in front of screens? Many think so. Especially in China where officials have introduced regulations to rein in youngsters’ gaming habits. As reported by the New York Times, the Chinese are imposing limits on how much time children and teens spend playing computer games.
China’s National Press and Publication Administration announced the regulations, which forbid those under 18 from playing games between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. They also limit play time to 90 minutes per day during the week and three hours per day on weekends and holidays. Other rules include young players to use their real names and limit how much gamers can spend on downloadable content like in-game weapons and outfits to $28 to $57 a month depending on their age.
They want to curb rates of video game addiction among young people, which they say is leading to eyesight problems and poor academic performance.
Many young people play games to an excessive degree and it is detrimental to their well-being, but many play and are just fine. China being China opts for the extreme solution. Anyway, we all know that young gamers will find a way around the restrictions anyway. It’s just what kids do.