The Jammu and Kashmir Students Association has asked the state’s governor to ban PUBG Mobile as it is said to be addictive. The association holds it responsible for poor performance in Class X and XII exams.
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Battle royale games are all the rage right now with PUBG Mobile and Fortnite ruling the roster. PUBG Mobile also crossed the 30 million daily active player mark and has won many accolades like the best mobile game at the Mobile Game Awards 2018, Fan Favourite Game Of The Year in Google Play Best of 2018 and more. The game’s popularity has landed it in hot water as Pristine Kashmir reports that the Jammu and Kashmir Students Association has asked the state’s Governor, SP Malik, to immediately ban the game. This is because the association believes that the game is addictive and is the primary reason for poor class X and XII results, which were recently declared.
Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Students Association, Abrar Ahmad Bhat, labelled the game as a “Future spoiler”. Additionally, the association’s deputy chairman Raqif Makhdoomi says, “The game should have been banned immediately after the poor performance of 12th and 10th class results but still we haven’t seen any action. The addiction to this game has become more concerning than addiction to drugs as we get to see youngsters 24 hours on the mobile phones and playing the game and doing nothing. We request Governor administration to immediately ban the game.”
While the mobile game is surely fun, it can also be addictive as we have already seen some cases where gamers were being treated for PUBG addiction. A fitness trainer from Jammu got addicted to the popular battle-royale game and had to be hospitalised after he was reportedly addicted after playing the game for ten days and started self-harming after completing a round. Earlier, a 15-year old boy was reportedly treated for PubG addiction. The boy would reportedly game till late at night and started missing school.
However, there could be many factors that come into play to drive someone to such extents that they start self-harming or skipping school for playing games. Digital well-being tools are already included on majority of smartphones that limit the screen-time and parents need to make use of these tools. They also need to be more involved and understanding of why kids are devoting more time to a game so that they can help them maintain a balance between their studies, gaming and life.
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