Wed, Nov 09, 2005 - Page 8 News List

Letter: Deal with Internet cafes, too

By Elizabeth Powell

Chiu Tai-san (邱太三), the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate for Taichung County commissioner, has the right idea. Ridding the country of illegal gambling machines is a smart move. Gambling is addictive for many people, and the resulting cost to society is great, as is the cost to individuals themselves.

Perhaps the next move would be to put a stop to 24-hour Internet cafes. Studies show video games can also be addictive.

Going to various local Internet cafes before work in the early morning, I see Internet cafes filled with (mostly) teenage boys who clearly have been playing video games all night. These teenagers eat and sleep in front of their rented computers, and look spent.

This is an addiction, and it needs to be dealt with.

Shut these places down at 10pm. Open them at 7am or 8am, but get these kids home. Their health depends on it, and so does their future.

Elizabeth Powell

Taoyuan County

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