Technology seen fuelling Asia gaming addiction

Gaming addiction is viewed as a major challenge across Asia, with growing access to online and mobile gaming raising the risk for problem behaviour, researchers say. Concern over problem gambling is often cited as a key reason why regional governments ban access to casinos for their residents and how to effectively tackle the issue may play a role in shaping future legislation. In a recent study, Brown School Associate Professor Renee Cunningham-Williams et al. reported that the highest rates of problem gambling in the world were found in Asian countries, with the exception of South Korea. Standardized averages across a decade through to 2011 show a problem gambling prevalence of 5.6 percent in Hong Kong, 6 percent in Macau, and 3.8 percent in Singapore; compared to the international average of 2.3 percent. In Singapore, a 2014 report by the island state’s National Addiction Management Service (NAMS) found over 520 patients were treated...

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