China Stops Kids From Playing Videogames

“Kids shouldn’t play videogames.”

Where have we heard that before?

With this sweeping legislation last fall, China clearly threw its lot in with the curmudgeons and scowling parents in a desperate attempt to sound feeble, manipulative, and out-of-touch all at the same time.

I totally understand the urge to refocus the youths on important things like academics, the arts, and the future of the planet. On the other hand, legislating it at the national level for billions of people is something that is uniquely modern China.

My first reaction was “Wow, they just mobilized the entire generation for revolution.” We know how kids get about their mobile games, and in some parts of China, those games are lifeline for kids in some pretty bleak conditions, emotionally and physically. But who’s to say. Maybe in 30 years we’ll be envying this decision.


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