Note that this article appears in the South China Morning Post which is owned by Alibaba Group and concerns have been raised about it’s independent reporting especially when related to the Chinese Government.
FTA: “Her 17-year-old son, Carson, has been logging 12 hours a day on the video game, searching for weapons and resources in a post-apocalyptic world where the goal is being the last person standing. Teachers complain he falls asleep in class and his grades have plummeted.”
I believe that there is some aspect of addiction at play here, but I also wonder about if any kind of limits were taught to the child growing up. I doubt that the kid just started playing 12 hours a day. I wonder if there is a gradual build up to this and if the phone/tablet/console was used as a babysitter or way to get the kid to be quiet. The question I would be asking is if the parent gave the kid free reign an not monitoring the amount of playtime and was hesitant to say no to the child while growing up.