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12 Pct of Young Japanese Play Games for 6 Hours on Days Off

12 Pct of Young Japanese Play Games for 6 Hours on Days Off

   Tokyo, Nov. 27 (Jiji Press)--Approximately 12 pct of Japanese people aged 10 to 29 play digital and video games for six hours or more on their days off school or work, a survey showed Wednesday.
   The survey also found that those who play games for long periods tend to show signs of addiction, such as not being able to stop playing despite feeling mental and physical distress or negative influences on their studies or work.
   The fact-finding investigation was conducted with health ministry support by the National Hospital Organization Kurihama Medical and Addiction Center in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. The first survey of its kind came after the World Health Organization decided to recognize gaming disorder as an official medical condition.
   Some 85 pct of survey respondents played digital or video games in the past year, with around 80 pct using smartphones to play games.
   The share of respondents who said they played games for under one hour a day was 40.1 pct for weekdays and 25.0 pct for holidays, the biggest group in each category. Those who said they played for six hours or more per day stood at 2.8 pct for weekdays and 12.0 pct for holidays.

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