06 Feb '11, 10pm

More gaming addiction cases at counselling centre

SINGAPORE - Even as a recent survey raised concerns over youth spending too much time online, a counselling centre here has seen a substantial increase in the number of gaming addiction cases. TOUCH Cyber Wellness Centre told MediaCorp that it saw 71 such cases last year - a 40 per cent increase compared to 2009. TOUCH cyber wellness and sports programme executive Anthony Yeong said: "There are some who play because it is an act of achievement for them. They have a competitive nature and they play to satisfy their personal ego." Mr Yeong added that others play because of peer influence or they do so as a form of escapism. Said Mr Yeong: "They don't like who they are, they prefer to go into the online world." While about seven in 10 of those who sought help at TOUCH are attaining their counselling goals, the centre's assistant manager Ray Chua noted that the profile of gami...

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