China is cracking down on gaming by children. The country will only allow online gamers under 18 to play for one hour a day, and the limit applies on weekends as well. State media have even called video games “spiritual opium.”
This is due to the addiction many Chinese youths suffer from when playing their favorite games over and over again. China also wants people to know that they are only allowed to play during certain times, such as 8-9 PM on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
China has announced new restrictions on online game playing for children. The Chinese government will inspect these gaming companies to ensure that time limits are enforced. Earlier rules limited each child’s total playtime per day to a maximum of 90 minutes, with an additional 3 hours permitted only during holidays.
The country is concerned about the negative impact excessive online games have had on teens in particular; one month prior to these latest regulations; Economic Information Daily claimed hundreds of teenagers were addicted to their daily dose of video games resulting in severe consequences such as poor grades or even dropping out entirely from school!
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While this may be applauded by parents who want their children to focus less time online, others argue that it is unreasonable for government officials telling them how they should spend their free time.
The National Press and Publication Administration have said that games can only be played for an hour on Fridays, weekends, and holidays.
They must be played between 8 pm and 9 pm. Online gaming companies have been instructed to prevent children from playing outside these times.
We should notice that the restrictions are made in accordance with the age of the online gamer, so gamers under 18 years old are only allowed to play for one hour per day.