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Don't touch it too much: Phone games blamed for erectile dysfunction

  • Staff Reporter
  • 2013-11-13
  • 16:04 (GMT+8)
Men check out smartphones at an IT and telecom fair in Beijing. (Photo/CFP)

Men check out smartphones at an IT and telecom fair in Beijing. (Photo/CFP)

Taiwanese men are finding that gaming on a smartphone through the night is an offputting habit for their partners for more than one reason, reports our Chinese-language sister paper China Times.

Those paying visits to the urologist are usually middle-aged or older men, but now men in their 20s are populating the waiting rooms in Taiwan. A couple under 30 who went to a doctor at Kaohsiung Medical Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital in southern Taiwan complained of "poor bedroom performance."

The doctor, surnamed Wang, said that there has been an increasing number of men with erectile dysfunction in recent years. While there may be a number of reasons for the symptom, what struck the doctor was the man's girlfriend's description of his habits. He is, in her words, obsessed with his smartphone.

Wang said that the man is only 28 and is in good health, so the problem could not be related to disease. He does, however, smoke and play online games long into the night on his phone. "Addiction to smartphone games is a main cause of his erectile dysfunction. It has reduced his sexual drive," said Wang.

The prescription? Turn off the phone and quit smoking. The man's condition has reportedly improved greatly since the man followed the doctor's advice.

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