Can You Legislate Away Internet Addiction?
from the China's-gonna-try dept
A little over a year ago, China tried to limit how much time people spent playing video games by mandating that games get harder after 3 straight hours of use. After plenty of complaints, they backed down and said the rule would only apply to those under 18. Some of the reports noted that this was really a way for the Chinese government to try to keep people out of internet cafes, as they have less ability to control what people do online in the cafes (though, it doesn't stop them from wandering around the cafes staring over peoples' shoulders to see what they're doing). The latest is that they're now working on legislation to ban anyone under 16 from going into an internet cafe. The official reasoning, however, isn't about the cafes, but about how this is a way to stop internet addiction. Of course, this is also the same country that set up a detox house for internet addicts -- so maybe they're onto something.