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Games addiction: 2.7 million Thai children

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Thai children getting addicted to games & don't want to do anything else but there is a cure as Siriraj psychiatrist reveals. 

More and more children are addicted to online game worlds and lose interest in school and the real world.


2.7m young Thais addicted to games


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Two young gamers sit at home all the time, addicted to playing games instead of joining in activities with friends (Source: Wikipedia).

An estimated 2.7 million million young Thais are addicted to video games and online activities, according to a government-sponsored survey.

Assoc Prof Chanvit Pornnoppadol, of the department of psychiatry, faculty of medicine, at Siriraj Hospital, said the survey was conducted by the Ministry of Culture, the Department of Mental Health and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Rajanakarindra Institute between March and June this year. It involved , 20,000 children nationwide.

According to the survey report, 15% of the respondents said they were addicted to online games, to the Line communication application and to Facebook.

This finding could be extrapolated to more than 2.7 million youths spending most of their time on online games, given there were an estimated 18 million children in  the country.

Mr Chanvit said game addicts generally exhibit aggressive and violent behaviour and they can physically hurt their parents or themselves if they are not allowed to play their games. They have a tendency to skip classes and stay awake late at night to play games, which can lead to a poor school performance and refusal to join in school activities.

"There are many young game addicts who need to be rehabilitated, but only 30 to 40 of them come to be treated annually," he said. "This could be because their parents do not know where their children can be taken to."

He said the amount of time to rehabilitate game addicts is equal to the time needed to treat drug addicts, as they have to be disconnected from the IT world entirely.

"Many people now just keep their heads down and look at their smart phones, and this can be seen in many public places. They're too attached to IT," Mr Chanvit said. "We'll have to provide other activities to divert their attention to other things around them."

Sura Techatat, adviser to the culture minister, said on Monday communication technology has spread to people of all ages and gender. It has brought both positive and negative effects, but the unconstructive ones have more impact on society, he said.

Playing certain games is illegal and the Culture Ministry is responsible for overseeing youths and their engagement with information technology. The ministry is working with different sectors to encourage young people to spend their time constructively, and asks the media to play a more constructive role, Mr Sura said.

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activity: a thing that you do for interest or pleasure, or in order to achieve a particular aim - กิจกรรม

addict: a person who is very interested in something and spends a lot of their free time on it - ผู้ที่หมกมุ่นกับสิ่งใดสิ่งหนึ่ง

addicted: unable to stop using or doing something - ซึ่งติดนิสัยในบางอย่าง

adolescent: a boy or girl who is changing into a young man or woman -

advisor: a person who gives advice, especially somebody who knows a lot about a particular subject - ที่ปรึกษา

aggressive: behaving in an angry and violent way towards another person - ก้าวร้าว

annually: happening every year - ทุกๆปีด

application (app): a program designed to do a particular job; a piece of software - โปรแกรมใช้งาน, โปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์

attached: involved; taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง

attention: the interest or thought that you give to something you are doing, listening to or watching - ความสนใจ, ความตั้งใจ

awake: not asleep - ตื่น, ไม่หลับ

behaviour: the way that someone acts or behaves - พฤติกรรม, การกระทำตัว

communications: the process of sending information through television, radio, and telephone signals - การสื่อสาร

conduct: to carry out — - ดำเนิน

culture: the customs and beliefs, art, way of life and social organization of a particular country or group - วัฒนธรรม

disconnect: to separate something from something - ตัดขาดจากกัน, แยกออกจากกัน, แบ่งออก

divert: to take someone's attention away from something - เปลี่ยนเส้นทางจาก

effect: a change that somebody/something causes in somebody/something else; a result - ผลกระทบ

encourage: to cause someone to want to do something - กระตุ้น ให้การสนับสนุน

engagement: being involved in something - การพัวพันอยู่กับ

entirely: completely; in every way possible - โดยทั้งหมด, โดยสิ้นเชิง

estimated: thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available - ประมาณการ

exhibit: to show -

faculty: a group of departments in a college or university which specialise in a particular subject or group of subjects - คณะ

finding: results, what people "find" or discover by doing some research or activity - ผลของการสืบค้น, ผลของการค้นหา

gender: the fact of being either male or female - เพศ

illegal: against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย

impact: an effect or influence - ผลกระทบ

institute: an organization that has a particular purpose, especially one that is connected with education or a particular profession; the building used by this organisation - สถาบัน,องค์การ,วิทยาลัย,สถาบันหนึ่งของมหาวิทยาลัย

involved: taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง

media: radio, television, newspaper, the Internet, considered as a group - สื่อ

mental: connected with or happening in the mind; involving the process of thinking - เกี่ยวกับจิตใจ

minister: a member of the cabinet, the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - รัฐมนตรี

ministry: a government department that has a particular area of responsibility - กระทรวง

nationwide: throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ

negative: bad - ที่เป็นด้านลบ

online: controlled by or connected to a computer or to the Internet - ออนไลน์, การเชื่อมต่อผ่านระบบเครือข่ายทางคอมพิวเตอร์

oversee: to watch or organise a job or an activity to make certain that it is being done correctly - คุมงาน,ควบคุม

performance: how well someone does some task or activity; how well they achieve their goals - การปฏิบัติงาน, การทำให้บรรลุผลสำเร็จ

physically: in a way that is connected with a person's body rather than their mind - ด้านร่างกาย, เกี่ยวกับร่างกาย

positive: good - ที่ดี

psychiatry: the study and treatment of mental illness - จิตเวชศาสตร์

public: open to people in general - สาธารณะ

refusal: an act of saying or showing that you will not do, give or accept something - คำปฏิเสธ, การปฏิเสธ

rehabilitate: to return someone or something to a good or healthy condition, state or way of living - ฟื้นฟูสุขภาพ

respondent: someone who answers questions — - ผู้ตอบคำถาม/แบบสำรวจ

responsible: deserving to be blamed for something that has happened - มีความรับผิดชอบ

role: the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organisation, society or relationship - บทบาท

sector: a group that is part of a larger group - ภาค (ทางเศรษฐกิจหรือสังคม)

skip: to not do something that you usually do or that you should do; to avoid - ไม่เข้าร่วม, ขาด

society: people in general, living together in communities - สังคม

sponsor: to support a person, organization or activity by giving money, encouragement or other help - อุปถัมภ์, สนับสนุน

spread: to (cause to) cover, reach or have an effect on a wider or increasing area or number of people - แพร่กระจาย, แพร่กระจายไปทั่ว

survey: to ask a large number of people questions to find out their opinions - สำรวจ

tendency: likely to behave or act in a particular way - นิสัย, ท่าทาง

treat: to provide medical care - รักษา

violent: involving or caused by physical force that is intended to hurt or kill somebody - รุนแรง, ร้ายแรง, สาหัส

youth: a boy or a young man - เด็กหนุ่ม, วัยรุ่น

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