If there is any one single country that understands addiction to the internet it’s South Korea. Every visit to SK ends up with me watching my cousin play WoW for a few hours in the PC방. We’ll get home to my aunt yelling at him for spending so much time playing video games. The addiction needs to stop, not only in SK, but everywhere around the world.
Xtive is a SK venture start-up that hopes their technology will help curb the addiction at home and abroad by sending subliminal effects through a sound sequence.
“We incorporated messages into an acoustic sound wave telling gamers to stop playing. The messages are told 10,000 to 20,000 times per second. Game users can’t recognize the sounds. But their subconscious is aware of them and the chances are high they will quit playing” Xtive President Yun Yun-hae said.
It’s estimated that 10 to 20 percent of HS students in SK are addicted to the internet and network games. From personal experience I can say that it’s much higher than this. Do you remember the guy who died from playing video games for over 50 hours? My solution for this whole pandemic is for these kids to go out and get laid – seriously! If that doesn’t work hopefully Xtive’s subliminal messages do.