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DNA Exclusive: How Online Gambling Addiction Ruins Indian Youth | India News

New Delhi: Online games are popular among young Indians, however, their negative effects on their psyche and physical health are not far behind. In a recent incident, a 16-year-old boy killed his cousin in Nagaur, Rajasthan, to pay off debts he had accumulated while playing online games.

On Friday, December 17, Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary analyzed how Indian youth are falling prey to online gaming.

Almost 41 percent of India’s population – roughly 55 million people – are under the age of 20, which means online gambling addiction will ruin an entire generation. While children all over the world will become doctors, scientists, engineers, the children of our country will continue to play online games.

During the Rajasthan incident, the teenager borrowed thousands of rupees to buy online gambling chips and to pay back that money he kidnapped his 12-year-old cousin and demanded a ransom from his family. Currently, such incidents are being reported across the country, where children steal and commit crimes from their homes to play online games.

Earlier in Bilaspur from Chhattisgarh, a 19-year-old boy created a false story of his kidnapping due to his addiction to online games. The boy was addicted to PUBG and had even sold his bike. As his family refused to give him the money he needed to level up in the game, he took a picture of himself with his hands and feet tied and sent it to his parents. He wrote that he was kidnapped and that if they do not deliver four lakh rupees to the designated place he will be killed. When the police launched an investigation it emerged that it was a bogus kidnapping the boy had planned because he needed more money.

In a survey conducted in India last year, 65% of children under 20 said they were willing to give up food and sleep to play online games. Many even confessed that they were prepared to steal their parents’ money to play online games.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, addiction to online gaming apps has increased dramatically among children across the country, with adverse effects on physical and mental health.

How online gaming addiction affects young people:

1. Due to the addiction to online games, obesity in children is increasing. Children’s weight in India increased by 4 to 5 kilograms after the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a report. The reason for the increase in weight is that one does not have to go anywhere to play online and one can play these games sitting in one place all day long.

2. Playing excessive online games affects children’s eyes, making them weaker than before.

3. Children’s sleep patterns have deteriorated and they are now sleeping less due to their addiction to online games.

4. Children are less hungry because they play online games most of the time.

5. Children who play online games do not engage in other activities. They stop talking to their parents, isolate themselves and ignore their studies as well.

6. As in every game, there are losses and wins, it is the same in online games. Because the money is invested, children start to get frustrated when they lose and from an early age children can fall into depression.

7. Due to excessive violence in online games, children are drawn to violence.

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