The National Press and Publication Administration told state-run news agency Xinhua that game-playing would be only allowed between 8pm to 9pm.It also instructed gaming companies to prevent children playing outside these times.Chinese state media outlet branded online games a "spiritual opium".Inspections of online gaming companies will also increase, to check that the time limits are being enforced the regulator said.The move reflects a long running concern about the impact of excessive gaming on the young. https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-58384457?fbclid=IwAR2Mc38PJeniPlOqM9J4IavIhKOcfmP1rQKWJvNRpBe2qG4rjclxBvoq60s
Great article for teenagers and gaming skeptics. Rising rates of depression and anxiety in wealthy countries like the U.S. may be a result of our brains getting hooked on the neurotransmitter associated with pleasure. https://www.wsj.com/articles/digital-addictions-are-drowning-us-in-dopamine-11628861572
High amounts of screen time contribute to adverse cognitive, executive function, and behavior outcomes at ages 6 to 7 years in extremely preterm (EPT) children, according to a study published online July 12 in JAMA Pediatrics.
That mood boost you get will increase your urge to keep playing, feeding a cycle that will lead to less time for healthier pursuits. https://www.fastcompany.com/90658381/neuroscientists-say-you-shouldnt-play-smartphone-games-to-alleviate-boredom
Researchers advise young teens to only devote one hour on school days to recreational internet and video games.
The study from Rutgers University researchers surveyed Chinese middle schoolers over a multi-year span and found that those who reported playing more than one hour on school days and more than four hours on weekends tended to have lower grades, a higher tendency to skip school, and a greater chance of feeling bored in class. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-pandemic-wakeup-call-middle-schoolers-should-spend-no-more-than-one-hour-on-screens-otherwise-they-face-consequences-11621962066?reflink=mw_share_email
Among 6-year-olds, the rate of myopia following lockdown was 21.5 percent; before covid-19, the highest yearly rate in that age group since 2015 was 5.7 percent. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/kids-computer-eye-strain/2021/04/23/2f4ca928-988c-11eb-a6d0-13d207aadb78_story.html
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