‘Idiot’ pro players accused of ruining Fortnite
Season nine is here, with new challenges to explore. However, some players say the game is being ruined by professionals who no longer play fair. Is there any point still trying to win?
Official! Gaming addiction is mental illness
Is the World Health Organisation right? It has made “gaming disorder” an official mental illness. While fun for some, excessive gaming can tear lives apart — and the solution is unclear.
Police give out free heroin to fight addiction
Heroin is causing more deaths than ever in the UK and USA. Now a UK police force plans to help addicts inject themselves legally. A fair response to an illness, or encouraging dependency?
Confession of a web addict: ‘It broke me'
In an explosive article, ‘I used to be a human being’, one of the most influential political writers of his generation describes how a manic information addiction became a threat to his life.
City introduces teenage mobile phone curfew
A Japanese city is so concerned that its youngsters are smartphone addicts that it has proposed a 9pm curfew. Many are worried by our digital dependency, but are the fears overblown?
Calls grow for ‘sin tax’ on addictive sugar
Limiting the amount of sugar we consume is crucial to reducing our unhealthy levels of obesity. Should the government start taxing sugary drinks and snacks in the same way as cigarettes?
‘Mental sugar’: news addiction can be bad news
A new book about happiness and the art of thinking is causing a stir. Our addiction to the ceaseless flood of 24 hour news is as bad for us as sugar. We should give it up.
Ministers call time on ‘bargain booze’
By imposing a minimum price on alcohol sales and banning multibuy deals, the Government hopes to curb dangerous drinking. Is the problem really that simple?
Gamification: can video games change the world?
All work and no play is never good. But what happens when the distinction gets blurred? 'Gamification' is the new buzzword for thinkers who want to make work into a game.
A very public freak show grips the world
The Hollywood star Charlie Sheen has been sacked after publicly insulting his employers in a series of bizarre rants. It's gripping to watch. But should we be laughing?