19 Apr '11, 4am

Technology addiction - when you just can't stop

Technology addiction - when you just can't stop

SINGAPORE: A baby girl starves to death as her parents raise a virtual child online; a boy scolded for excessive gaming kills his mother then commits suicide -- technology addiction is taking a toll in Asia. With more 100 million "smartphones" now sold annually in the Asia-Pacific region -- expected to double in five years' time -- it is the world's largest market for advanced mobile devices. And as social networking sites and mobile games explode in tandem with the telecom industry, many young Asians are finding it tough to cope without a gadget in hand or a computer within reach. "I guess you can call me addicted, fine," admitted 22-year-old Singaporean university student Hanna Ruslana, who has befriended more schoolmates on Twitter than on campus. She checks her iPhone at least every 15 minutes and maintains accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and LinkedIn. When T...

Full article: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/lifestylenews/view...

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