In contemporary society, interacting with mobile devices and engaging with the variety of activities that can be played on them – such as gambling, social networking and games – has become increasingly popular.
Spending time on smartphones, to a certain extent, is not an entirely bad thing. Applications that are available for download can help in battling boredom, connecting with people from across the world, and finding information at your fingertips.
However, you are also susceptible to become addicted to what phones today have to offer and that does more harm than good.
One of the biggest addictions that have emerged with the advent of mobile devices is related to mobile gaming. A comparative study that researched mobile gaming across the globe stated that smartphone gaming as a form of popular entertainment accounted for 24% in Africa. This percentile is thought to grow steadily for years to come. In addition, video game sales in South Africa have grown by 23.1% from 2011 to 2016.
Games played online are more accessible to us now that there are plenty of “freemium games” on the market. This term is used to define the games that can be downloaded for free, and run with the help of advertisements.
There has also been an increase in the number of teenagers and young adults who play online games for a living, and this influences the audience who watch them.