Korea's internet addiction crisis is getting worse, as teens spend up to 88 hours a week gaming

In a country where esports constitutes a national pasttime, the South Korean government is cracking down on teen addiction to video games.

In an epic five-part documentary series, VICE reporter Matt Shea travelled to South Korea to dive into the glamorous and dark world of esports. There he learned that, while many of the country’s residents rally around online games like Starcraft and League of Legends, the government is less than thrilled.

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nucky641061d ago

addiction of any kind is never good.

Kenshin_BATT0USAI1060d ago

I'm addicted to being awesome though :(

NecotheSergal1060d ago

Majority of people worldwide could be 'diagnosed' as chemically addicted to Caffeine - which is also a drug. Withdrawal symptoms may include headaches and drowsiness if you don't get enough.

No one really complains about this type of addiction, it's just the 'expected and normal' since Coffee makes the world go round.

hesido1060d ago (Edited 1060d ago )

When you drink coffee, you are not just drinking coffee. You can keep doing your work / create things / study.

When you are gaming, you're just gaming (and maybe drinking coffee, lol). Gaming for more than a quarter day can easily be considered excessive for long periods of time.

Yeah, there may be a week or two with a game marathon when you do nothing but gaming beyond basic human needs, but when you are doing this for months to no end, I think it's bad for your productivity and self-improvement. One should be doing a variety of things, like one should be consuming variety of foods, meet variety of people etc.

(edit: I have to leave professional gamers out of this, tho. As it's their work.)

Old_Prodigy1060d ago

I fucking hate coffee, and I never drink it.. ever. But I am aware that caffeine is in other beverages, so I won't disagree with you on the probability that everyone is addicted to caffeine.

Cernunnos1060d ago

If I go without coffee for 2 days, I get mad headaches. Drink a cup, wait 20 minutes, all fine again :D

contradictory1060d ago

I'm surprised i haven't gotten too addicted to caffeine even though i usually drink atleast 2 cups a day

But i can be without coffee for weeks sometimes and not really be affected by it

Zichu1060d ago

I remember during my High School years, I would race back home for about 3:45pm and game for the majority of the evening. I would probably get around 6 hours a day. I would still eat, drink, do homework and such. On the weekends, it could be all day.

During College, I just didn't have time for it at all, but I hated College so much I couldn't sleep. I would play on my phone till like 4am, get 2 hours of sleep and go to College. I left after a few months.

I study at home now though, prefer the way I do it and learning a lot more. I do spend a lot of time in front of a screen, probably more than I did when I was at High School. I work part time, so it breaks my day up. I go jogging a few times a week and on the weekends I do try to keep busy and away from a screen. I might do a couple of hours of work on the computer. If I feel like I am getting headaches, I tend to have a day off, rest my eyes. I might game for like 2 hours a day now.

When it comes to caffeine, I don't like coffee at all. I do drink tea though. About 4 or 5 cups a day during the week. Weekends can be more than that. I was also drinking a can of Pepsi a day, but I have cut that out at the moment.

uth111060d ago

but coffee addiction can be kicked by gradually lowering your intake day-by-day. You don't need to go to detox for it.

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Clown_Syndr0me1060d ago

An addiction to breathing can't be bad, right?

iSuperSaiyanGod1060d ago

Unless they super ocd and start freaking out they're not breathing enough lmao

bloodybutcher1060d ago

I'm addicted to not being addicted...

SIX1060d ago

That's like me only, porn :|

crazychris41241060d ago

If its bad now I can only imagine it will get worse with VR tech becoming much more popular

sander97021060d ago

They will definitely need to restrict the usage of it or we will start to see a lot of "Avatar" like articles about people starving to death because the VR world was more appealing to them!

eldingo1060d ago

i wonder if the author knows that there is also such a thing as addiction to cheeseburgers. (not a joke its a real thing)

Peekayboo1060d ago

88 hours out of a 168 hour week, what a bunch of casuals

dcj05241060d ago

Right? I go 120 hours minimum.

Bathyj1060d ago

Not good. Not good at all.

But in fairness hes not just a gamer, hes about to be a professional gamer. If he were studying 90 hours a week in med school we would remark at how dedicated he is.

Still, thats way excessive and cant be good for you. VR is going to be scary. They might as well just be in the Matrix.

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