A survey from the Culture Ministry revealed that Thai children spent around 2 hours a day playing computer games. About 80 per cent of them choose the combat-style, action-packed games, some of which come with graphic and violent images. The addiction can affect their personality as they become more prone to bursts of anger and violence. Without proper guidance, some are unable to distinguish between fantasy and the real world.
But why do children prefer to spend hours and hours playing these games? A survey conducted last year showed that 78.5 per cent of youngsters said they became addicted to computer games to relieve stress, 67.7 per cent said they were lonely, 20.9 per cent said that they wanted to improve the computer skills while 18.1 per cent said they wanted to meet new friends in cyberspace.
Now that the youngsters have told us about their problems, it's time for the adults to step in to help them. The adults should provide them with better and constructive recreation activities to help them deal with stress. Constructive activities such as sports or music for instance can also help them develop their thinking and personalities during their formative years.