6th March 2019

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Gaming "addicts" have been talking to MPs about the dangers of spending too much time online.

One told them that parents should set a three-hour-a-day limit on their children's gaming.

It is part of an inquiry into technology addiction, being held by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

At an earlier hearing, representatives from the gaming industry downplayed the issue.

There is no publicly available content from that meeting but, in written evidence to the committee, the association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie) said there was a "lack of evidence" around the concept of gaming addiction, citing both a UN report and one from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

It also told MPs gameplay could be a "force for good".

"We believe that games can provide educational, physiological, psychological, recreational and social benefits to players," it said.

"Games provide rich story worlds, creative canvasses.

"They encourage critical thinking skills, empathy and, for many millions of players, highly valuable social platforms."

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