According to a government announcement, gamers up to 18 will not be able to play games at Internet for more than 90 minutes the week days. Additionally, they will not be allowed to play between 22: 00 and 8: 00. On weekends and public holidays you can play up to 3 hours.
A government spokesman told the state-run Xinhua News Agency that the new measures are necessary for her protection of "physical and mental health of minors".
The new regulations are not only about time but also about time money that minors can spend on video games. Children under the age of 16 will be able to spend up to 200 yuan (22 $) per month. Gamers from 16 to 18 years will be able to spend 400 yuan.
China has many gamers. Specifically, it is the second largest gaming market in the world after USA. However, the government has repeatedly voiced its concerns about video games and their negative impact on health of children.
2015, released a report that said 500 millions Chinese citizens had vision problems, which researchers attributed to the increased use of mobile phones and the rise of online games.
Scientists have not said that myopia can be caused by video games, but East Asian countries have seen a significant increase in this problem in recent years.
The World Health Organization has recognized video game addiction as mental illness. People who are addicted to video games are “important functionality problems ”.
What are the characteristics of addicts? gamers;
- They cannot control the hours they play
- They give priority to video games rather than others activities
- They do not engage in other interesting and daily activities
- They continue to play despite the negative consequences
A lot companies video games have accused for that deliberately addictive games. Epic Games is said to have hired psychologists to help her make the game Fortnite "As addictive as possible".
According to the complaint, Epic Games "deliberately put a very, very addictive youth game on the market".
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