Player’s Unknown Battleground (PUBG) is an online multiplayer game played across 5 servers in the world. PUBG launched its mobile game when they teamed up with other marketing agencies in early 2018. Since then it gained popularity among the 7–35 age bracket. Having just recently hit 10 million daily players, the Battle Royale game has a massive fan following in India as well. It is the 2nd most downloaded app on iOS, coming in above even YouTube now. There are the trending memes about PUBG in social media. There is a PUBG-themed cafe around it in Jaipur, a new Gym has opened recently with PUBG theme, people are getting married in PUBG style and even the members of the Indian Cricket Team are hooked to the game.

The PUBG themed cafe in Jaipur

PUBG entered the gaming world like a storm and in a few hours, it became the trending game. If you will ask anyone that what they normally do in their spare time, am sure atleast 70% of youngsters will answer that they play PUBG. The thing which most mums, wifes & girlfriends crib about today is PUBG as their sons, husbands & boyfriends are playing PUBG. And it is making them keep busy with the game. They have become socially isolated, they sleep less & they spend less time other activities.

A single game takes around half an hour and yes, you can not stop at one game. Which means that for that half an hour, the person playing is not going to answer or do anything for you. The craze has risen to that level that people are becoming addicted. They spend 5-6 hours of a day in playing PUBG doing nothing productive. So many cases have come up in recent days which clearly shows the negative impact of PUBG.

The 15-year-old boy studying Class 10 was so immersed in playing PUBG, that he would stay up until 2-3 am playing the game, and often missed school because of waking up late His worried parents then took him to SHUT (Service for Healthy Use of Technology) Clinic, which helps people deal with technology-based addictions. During his counselling, the boy was found to suffer from gaming disorder. While he had over 1,000 online friends, he had only about four or five friends outside of his digital world.

The craze has reached South India too and some schools in Bengaluru have begun to warn parents about the ill-effects of playing the game for hours.

Recently, a college named Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in Chennai had even issued a circular regarding the game and claimed that it is “spoiling the entire atmosphere of the hostel’’ and has become an addiction for the students.

A 19-year-old man, was arrested in Delhi for allegedly killing his parents and sister & he was found to be addicted to online battle game.

PUBG, is banned in China because they find it harmful for the physical & mental health & they feel it as a serious deviation from their socialist core values and the traditional Chinese culture and ethical norms.

Few negative impacts of playing PUBG:

  • Addiction: Playing too much PUBG every day keeps you busy, which means you can not do anything productive during this time. Addiction to the video game is not a new thing. In UK addiction to video games has become the reason several divorces.
  • Less social interaction : You’ll be wasting your entire day and night just by playing PUBG. You will get less time to see your real friends & family because of your so many web friends.
  • Bad physical health : Just sitting in one place is not good for health and that’s something everyone knows. It is known to all that constant staring to a screen for hours is not good for eyes. Playing online game continuously for hours can lead to migraines and headaches.
  • Spondylitis :As per a recent study by National Centre for Biotechnology Information,USA, it has been revealed that young population may face higher chances of experiencing cervical spondylitis. It is caused with wrong postures which student exhibits while playing these games.
  • Bad mental health : In 2018, WHO concluded video gaming addiction as a mental disorder. Video games are known to be the reason for depression in many people. And people who are addicted to playing PUBG might get easily stressed out or face anxiety issues in public due to less social interaction.
  • Fatigue : Addiction to online games makes people sacrifice their sleep which leads to fatigue, dizziness and drowsiness.
  • Less time to do anything else : A single game can take up-to half hours to get completed & no one stops with the single match. Now, if you play 5 matches a day, you’ll be wasting two and a half hours every day, which you could have used to do something more productive.

Playing too much PUBG can make you miss out on many important
things and can even mess up your life. So be careful, be cautious & be healthy. If you love playing PUBG, do play but only in a limit. Do not get addicted to it.