By Beth Main
Chinese authorities have announced plans to develop China-specific criteria for diagnosing and dealing with minors’ gaming addiction. Well, the online hitmen, stabbings and detentions weren’t working… on to plan B.
The plan, announced by China’s culture and internet regulator on Sunday, also calls for methods for early identification of potential addiction so it can be prevented.
In extreme cases internet addiction can lead to death.
China, like most of Asia, just loves online gaming. Statistics from the China Internet Network Information Center say that the country has around 330 million online gamers, of whom 150 million are believed to be below the age of 19. China’s online gaming industry made around 24.84 billion yuan ($4 billion) in the first half of 2012.
No word on whether China will adopt South Korean horse therapy.