The mobile version of hot gaming title PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, popularly known as PUBG Mobile has over 30 million daily active players in less than a year’s time. It’s not just viral, but it’s technologically so sound that it also won the Best Mobile Game Award at 2019 Golden Joystick Awards and Google Play the best game of the year.
India has become one of the top countries where PUBG Mobile has spread like wildfire. So much so, that many states are seeking a ban on the addictive online game. Most recently, Gujarat has banned the game in primary schools, as the game was allegedly affecting the students. Previously, Jammu and Kashmir Students Association asked state’s governor to ban PUBG Mobile, blaming it to be overly addictive and reason for bad results in Class X and XII exams.
Not just students, there have been reports of many relationships breaking up because of PUBG Mobile.
You would get an idea of the addiction after the recent incident that took place during the ‘Pariksha pe Charcha 2.0’ event. At the event, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi was answering some questions pertaining to the upcoming exams. During the interaction between students, parents and the PM, mother of a student shared her concern about her son being inclined towards online gaming, which eventually is hurting his academic performance. When she asked PM for a solution, Modi replied, “Ye PUBG wala hai kya?” (Is he one of the PUBG addicts?).
Now, this might give you an idea of how well known the game has become, even Narendra Modi, the PM of our country knows about its addiction.
However, when Modi uttered the one-liner the whole crowd at the event burst out into laughter and applause.
Here’s PM’s solution to the issue
Modi goes on to explain how technology is both the problem and solution for the issue. He said taking technology away from kids is regressive. According to him, students should be guided on the better use of technology and parents need to discuss about the ongoing trends in the world of tech.
His concluding words suggested that we shouldn’t allow technology to shrink or narrow oneself, instead, it should be used for self expansion. He also mentioned that teachers also play a vital role in shaping how the young ones look at technology and how they use it.