It’s a drug, but it doesn’t sniff or smoke: you look. It is Internet addiction, social networks and video games. Who suffers from video addiction? Mainly teenagers who spent whole days glued to the PC. Playing video games online, sacrificing study, work and social relationships. This is such a widespread problem that in many countries support groups and recovery programs for pathological gamers are now born.
Internet addiction: the story of Pablo Trincia
To tell it, Pablo Trincia left Italy and arrived in China. An unpublished investigation aired during the episode of Announo on May 28, 2015. A reportage between the real and the virtual world, with a question in mind: what are the dangers? In Shanghai and Beijing he met professional videogamers, attended major League of Legends events. He moved between those of his passion who succeed in making a profession out of him and those who remain crushed by it. For those who make it there is fame and wealth, for others the re-education camps. Subjected to the tough Chinese military code.
The Chinese government has made a tough decision to combat gambling addiction that is spreading in kids who spend many nights on video games online. The Beijingers who want to play all night, will have to present their credentials, with an identity card, in order to recognize the age of the player. The developers of the games, for their part, have already equipped themselves to perform checks on those accessing the various portals destined for multiplay. This ban will affect all Chinese minors who will not be able to access video games from midnight to eight the next day. It is thought that this ban could cause a slight decline in the business linked to the world of videogames, a market in which China holds the world record (30 billion dollars this year).