|In a report released on Wednesday psychiatrists suggested that online addiction to gaming and pornography is affecting large-scale numbers of people in Singapore. Along with that Dr Munidasa Winslow at the Institute of Mental Health voiced concerns over online gaming rapid growth. |
Dr Winslow conducted an interview with Computer Times which revealed that 30% of the 2.5 million participating Internet users may already be online addicts. As the head of Community Addictions Management Program (CAMP) Dr Winslow deals with such cases on the daily basis. He said 'We get many calls from people who tell us that they are losing control of their lives because of these addictions”.
According to research, online addiction affects old and young people alike yet such addictions amongst children is said unlikely as most parents tend to curb their PC usage. The Institute of Mental Health specified that online pornography addicts tended to be males in their late 20’s and 30’s as well as boys in their late teens. Just as online gaming addicts were male and in their late 20’s or 30’s. Yet on the other hand, chat addicts were mostly female in their 30’s and 40’s plus teenagers. Dr Winslow was quoted as saying 'In Singapore, people see us for help as the last resort because of the stigma attached'. Sometime next year CAMP is planning to carry out a study in order to detect the cause of this addiction as well as its possible solution and its commonality.