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1 in 10 internet users in South Korea addicted to online gaming

About 2 million South Koreans – nearly one in 10 internet users in the country – are addicted to online gaming, according to the government. While the number of teenage addicts has fallen from more than 1 million to 938,000 in the past two years, those in their 20s and 30s have risen to 975,000, with the unemployed and university students considered at greatest risk.

About 2 million South Koreans – nearly one in 10 internet users in the country – are addicted to online gaming, according to the government. While the number of teenage addicts has fallen from more than 1 million to 938,000 in the past two years, those in their 20s and 30s have risen to 975,000, with the unemployed and university students considered at greatest risk.

South Korea’s status as the world’s fastest and most developed broadband nation gives the online gaming addicts the technical wherewithal to fuel their addiction. Many spend every waking moment immersed in role-playing games, in which players form alliances to guide their characters through mythical worlds, collecting extra powers and other items as they go.

In May 2010, a man was sentenced to two years in prison after he and his wife allowed their three-month-old daughter to starve to death while they raised a virtual child, for up to half a day at a time, at a 24-hour internet cafe. The same month a court sentenced a 22-year-old to 20 years in prison for clubbing his mother to death after she complained about his online gaming habit.

Ji, a 27-year-old mobile content developer, has said, “In my line of work I spend a lot of time in front of a computer, so this (gaming cafe) is where I feel most comfortable. It’s my way of relieving stress. I could drink or go to the cinema, but this is how I want to spend my spare time. I don’t have a girlfriend, and I’m not likely to meet one here.” [Source: Guardian News]

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25 thoughts on “1 in 10 internet users in South Korea addicted to online gaming”

  1. Not only in South Korea,
    Not only in South Korea, youth across the world are gradually becoming addicted to online gaming. The use of internet and computers for all basic needs has given a boost to the techno world where the source of fun and entertainment has also pushed from traditional games to online games.

  2. Online gaming is fast
    Online gaming is fast spreading and addictive but it does hamper the time children need to play and indulge sports than just play it on games…

  3. Though online gaming adds to
    Though online gaming adds to the entertainment value of our teenagers today, it is not a good thing that kids get addicted to it. A balance of everything is what parenting should look at!

  4. Not exactly a great news. It
    Not exactly a great news. It does show the negative effects of online boom. Just think of the loss possibility. precious work hours, productivity, uninspiring influence etc. The government needs to perform a balancing act here but then it wont be easy. They cant afford to ban gaming sites but yes, some steps are required here.

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