Taiwan is leading the world towards a happier, safer, more social, and healthier future. Not by creating some amazing new piece of mobile technology, but by restricting its use — by law — for those of an impressionable and vulnerable age.
Here’s what’s going on: Politicians will soon introduce rules where anyone under the age of 18 should “not be allowed to constantly use electronic products for a period of time that’s not reasonable.” Reasonable could mean anything, but one member of the government defined it as no more than 30 minutes. Those under two years old are completely banned from using electronic devices. It’ll be down to parents to enforce the rules, and those that disobey them face fines of $2,000, should it lead to mental or physical illness in the child.
Is this a bizarre, unenforceable rule with dangerous repercussions, or the gut punch needed to bring about an essential change in young people’s lives?
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