24 Oct '11, 12am

S'porean teens spend more time gaming than American youths, with 1 in 10 gamers here 'obsessive' gamers, a study finds

SINGAPORE - An inaugural study of 3,000 youths here has found that Singaporean adolescents spend more time than American youths on video gaming. On average, gamers here spend about 20 hours per week on gaming, as compared to about 13 hours for American youths. Of this group, about one in 10 were found to display symptoms of obsessive, or pathological, video gaming, which caused significant disruption to their regular lives. Such pathological gamers also spend twice as much time gaming, averaging more than 37 hours a week. They are more likely to have poorer grades, are less social and more hostile, and have more health problems like wrist pain. Other countries with high rates of obsessive gamers include China (14 per cent), South Korea (10.2 per cent) and Spain (9.9 per cent), said the study. This study, conducted by the National Institute of Education (NIE), and supported...

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