Police officers checking the identification of youths outside a game parlor in ToKuaWan土瓜灣. It is a common scene in
Some may disagree, and point to the social “value” of playing computer games with friends. And the development of certain gaming “skills”. Indeed, some researchers such as Jonathan Thiele of
However, this is really a red herring. Do such “gains” justify the amount of time and effort expended in acquiring such “skills”? And are these gains not also available from other healthier activities? I have met university students both in mainland China and Hong Kong who play computer games for hours and hours each day (one Shenzhen university students said eight). How many hours do you spend on them? How about our children? Do we even know, or care?
There are plenty of other hobbies, sports, etc. which are equally, if not more, enjoyable and also bring much more tangible benefits at the same time. Why do we insist on wasting our lives away this way?