Tencent’s kingdom is under assault from China’s regulators

LAST December, at a conference in the southern city of Guangzhou, Pony Ma joked that he felt a little nervous to be parted from his phone while on stage. He was responding to criticism about the addictive nature of smartphones, fuelled ...

Blue light emitted by smartphones and laptops accelerates blindness by making a molecule in our eyes toxic, according to a new study

Staring at screens all day isn’t good for us – we know this. It can cause eye strain, sometimes called computer vision syndrome, and the light is so bright it can mimic sunlight, mess with our hormones, and prevent us from feeling ...

Children Who Get Less Screen Time Think Better, Study Finds

Keeping your kid’s mind sharp might involve making sure they don’t spend all day on their smartphone or other screen devices, suggests yet more research published this week. Canadian researchers looked at the first bits of data from a ...

Kids as young as 4 are using YouTube, Facebook & Instagram, APAC study finds

90% of children between the ages of 4 and 12 in Asia Pacific have claimed they are using platforms such as YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. The findings, from a survey by digital media company TotallyAwesome, reveal the social media ...

Limit your own screen time, parents are urged

Parents need to drag themselves away from their smartphones and tablets and ensure that their young children are ready to learn at school, according to the education secretary. Damian Hinds said that, while a lot of attention had been ...

China shopping mall sets up lane for pedestrians glued to their mobile phones

A shopping centre in northwest China has built a special lane for pedestrians to walk on while gazing at their mobile phones, according to a newspaper report. The lane has been set up in a commercial district in Xian in Shaanxi ...

China blames video games for poor eyesight, but the evidence isn’t strong

A blight of bad eyesight plagues urban centers in China and other East Asian countries. In Hong Kong and Singapore, the rate of myopia, or nearsightedness, is as high as 90 percent in young adults. Though things aren’t as blurry ...

China Focus: New scheme set to protect children’s eyesight

China will soon roll out a new scheme to curb the rise in nearsightedness – or myopia – among children and teenagers for the sake of their health and the nation’s future. Authorities have sought public opinions on the ...

China targets video gaming to tackle myopia in children

Chinese authorities have announced plans to control video gaming as a response to rising levels of near-sightedness among children. Regulators want to limit the number of new online games, restrict playing time and develop an ...

Woman unable to move fingers after using mobile phone non-stop for a week

You may want to stretch your fingers after reading this story. A woman in China recently learned a painful lesson when she suffered severe hand cramps after a week-long binge on her mobile phone. After taking a week’s break from ...