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Heads up, people!

Many travelers are “phubbers,” staring at their smartphones while waiting on the platform in Taipei on Feb. 17 this year.

Photo: Liao Chen-huei, Liberty Times

Due to the popularity of smartphones and tablets, more and more teenagers have become members of the “heads down,” or phubbers, group. To safeguard the physical and psychological development of the youth, the National Communications Commission (NCC) has instructed manufacturers of these devices to add warnings on the devices, packages and manuals of smartphones and tablets, reminding people that they should not spend a long period of time staring at the screens.

The amendment of the Protection of Children and Youths Welfare and Rights Act was passed by the legislature on the third reading on Jan. 23, stipulating that children and youths may not spend a long period of time using electronic devices.

In addition to reminding people that overusing electronic devices can harm visual acuity, the NCC also urged people should take a 10-minute break after using smartphones or tablets for 30 minutes; children younger than 2 years of age should not stare at screens; children older than 2 years of age should not stare at screens for longer than 1 hour per day.

(Liberty times, translated by Ethan Zhan)






1. manual n.

說明書 (shuo1 ming2 shu1)

例: I’ve never read such an interesting manual before.


2. legislature n.

立法院 (li4 fa3 yuan4)

例: Laws are made by the legislature, but legislators are elected by the people.


3. visual acuity phr.

視力 (shi4 li4)

例: If you want to grow up to be a pilot, you must have good visual acuity.


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