The statesman who transformed Singapore into one of the world’s richest and cleanest places famously defended his form of governance by saying, “If Singapore is a nanny state, then I am proud to have fostered one.”Lee Kuan Yew’s sense of pride in the powerful city state, which can tell its people what to do and what not to do in their day-to-day lives, is being echoed in Beijing as the Chinese government takes that approach to new heights with its efforts to restrict how teenagers spend their time – from their off-campus activities to video games.China’s online gamers under the age of 18 are being limited to just three hours of playtime per week – from 8pm-9pm, Friday-Sunday. And the strict cap on gaming time is just one piece of the puzzle in Beijing’s efforts to dictate the teenage lifestyle.
The new government regulations read like dictates being asserted by the head of an old clan, deeply worried about the health and safety of children in their large extended families.

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