CNN reported last week that South Korea has implemented a controversial law called “Shutdown law” or “Cinderella law”, which bans people under the age of 16 to play games online after midnight.

South Korea is infamous for having the best and most addicted gamers in the world. Their addiction in the online world has a heavy and serious toll in the real world, where about 8% of the population between 9 and 39 suffers from internet addiction, according to the National Information Society Agency. This has resulted in degenerated social interaction skills, health issues and even death. This is alarming, especially when the age group with the highest addiction rate is those who are 9 to 12 years old, at 14%.

I’ve seen what game addiction can do to people. I had a university friend who played so much World of Warcraft, that half his face went numb. It can be really dangerous. But, it’s hard to say if banning gaming will really help addiction. It may even fuel it more, where gamers only want more of what they can’t get.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.