UK Newspaper Comes Under Fire For Hinting That Video Games Are “The Next Global Pandemic”

“It’s disappointing to see pieces like this extensively misrepresenting games”.

The health effects of video games have been discussed and debated since the dawn of the interactive entertainment industry way back in the ’70s, and while there have been a great many studies that highlight the positive impact games have on people, the ones which focus on the negative usually make a bigger splash in the mainstream media.

The most recent example of this comes from UK newspaper The Telegraph, which has published a piece entitled ‘Spiritual opium: could gaming addiction ruin a generation?’ The article has piggybacked off a recent statement made by the Chinese state media that compares video games to “electronic drugs”.

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