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PUBG Apologises to Indian Users After they Faced Inconvenience while Playing

"You've played the game for six hours today. Please come back at 2019-03-23 05:30:00," a Twitter user on Friday posted a screenshot of the health alert that popped up on the game screen

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The undisclosed issue, which appears to have affected users only in India, not only shut the game down but also specified when should the user come back and play it again. Pixabay

Some PlayersUnknown Battleground (PUBG) players in India were in for a shock when they received health reminder pop-ups on their screens, barring them from playing the popular game. The company on Saturday said it had fixed the undisclosed issue.

The undisclosed issue, which appears to have affected users only in India, not only shut the game down but also specified when should the user come back and play it again.

“You’ve played the game for six hours today. Please come back at 2019-03-23 05:30:00,” a Twitter user on Friday posted a screenshot of the health alert that popped up on the game screen.

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Some players claimed to have received the reminder within an hour and a half of playing the game. Wikimedia

Some players claimed to have received the reminder within an hour and a half of playing the game.

Later, PUBG Mobile India took to Twitter to reply to the baffled gamers. “We’re aware of the ‘Healthy Gaming System’ issue that many of you are currently facing and we sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this has caused! Our development team is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible,” tweeted PUBG Mobile India.

The company on Saturday informed the users the undisclosed issue has been taken care of.

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The users on various social media platforms speculated that either this could be a test feature from the game developers themselves or caused by a software bug or hackers. Pixabay

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“The ‘Healthy Gameplay System’ error has also been fixed, and you should be able to play uninterrupted. We deeply apologise for the inconvenience,” the company tweeted.

The reason that caused the issue still remained unclear.

The users on various social media platforms speculated that either this could be a test feature from the game developers themselves or caused by a software bug or hackers. (IANS)

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Here’s How You can Fight Your Digital Addiction

Vohra suggested that when parents realise that their child is spending too much time on screen, it is very important first to have a dialogue with the kid and ask them to cut down on media consumption

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TikTok has over 54 million monthly active users (MAUs) in India. Pixabay

Digital addiction is real and it could be as dangerous as drug addiction, warned psychiatrists while outlining practical ways to fight the urge to use gadgets non-stop both among children and adults.

The warning came following reports of a 24-year-old mother committing suicide last week in Tamil Nadu after she was prevented from using TikTok and a 16-year-old student from Madhya Pradesh suffering a major cardiac arrest and losing his life after playing PUBG for six straight hours last month.

The key to fighting digital addiction is to realise the problem when someone develops it, the experts said.

Parikh also recommended that adults should undergo a four hours of “digital detox” every week – a period when they do not use their phone or any gadget.

“If one finds it difficult to go through those four hours then there is a problem which needs to be addressed,” he said.

People who are addicted to using gadgets, tend to get “withdrawal symptoms” in the form of always thinking about that them, or becoming irritable with disturbed sleep when they try to stop using their devices, said Sandeep Vohra, Senior Consultant, Psychiatry, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi.

“Digital addiction is as bad as addiction to any other drug. So if you are hit by digital addiction, the signs are that you actually tend to go off your normal routine life. You are always dependent and on the screen,” Vohra told IANS.

Such people can neglect personal hygiene and their own self. They also tend to stop interacting with the society, with their family members and stop thinking about their responsibilities or stop doing their day-to-day chores.

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Some players claimed to have received the reminder within an hour and a half of playing the game. Wikimedia Commons

“One can have clinical depression, anxiety, obsessive symptoms, insomnia, irritability, and difficulty in concentrating on other things.

“And you can have in rare cases, when one becomes over-dependent, psychosis. So you have to be aware of all this and it can be very challenging if you don’t realise that you are going into addiction,” Vohra added.

It is not just adults who are vulnerable to digital addiction as use of smartphones and other gaming devices have become common among children.

But do we know when a child starts showing signs of addiction and when to seek help?

The experts suggested that parents should be alarmed when they notice that a child’s ability to live life normally has got affected and they lash out badly when digital access is denied.

“Parents need to be good role models. If parents spend too much time on digital gadgets then children learn and follow by example. Encourage children to be social and develop hobbies,” Parikh said.

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“If you keep focusing your child’s attention on indoor activities there are higher chances of him/her becoming digitally addicted. Therefore encourage him/her to play sports or meet friends and family. Reading is also a great way to combat boredom if indoors,” he added.

Vohra suggested that when parents realise that their child is spending too much time on screen, it is very important first to have a dialogue with the kid and ask them to cut down on media consumption.

“If they feel that either the child is not responding the way they want, or if they feel that the child is trying to tell them lies and still using time on screen, then it’s better to consult a mental health professional,” Vohra informed. (IANS)