06 Feb '11, 8am

More youths seeking help for online addictions

SINGAPORE: The results of a National Youth Survey released recently has raised concerns over youths spending too much time online. Experts have said that if not monitored, the habit may lead to addiction. When it comes to internet usage, the latest "State of the Youths in Singapore" report revealed that nearly 8 in 10 youths "strongly agree" or "agree" that they spend their time online for entertainment purposes. It might not be much of a tell tale sign of a growing social problem but the TOUCH Cyber wellness centre has already begun to see an increase in cases of gaming addiction. The number of counselling cases went up by 40 per cent last year, to 71 cases, compared to 2009. Anthony Yeong, programme executive with TOUCH Cyber Wellness & Sports, said: "There are some who play because it is an act of achievement for them, they play just for a competitive nature for the fac...

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