A survey carried out by the Hsiang Yang foundation, supervised by former Minister of Justice Liao Cheng-hao has found that up to 400,000 primary school children visit Net cafes at least once a week. Of these, 120,000 are classed as addicts, going more than three times a week.
Boys are more in the habit, making up 64 percent of the youthful Net cafe clients, with girls lagging at 36 percent.
A report in the Taipei Times attributed the popularity of Internet cafes to a lack of high-speed Internet connections at home, making the Net cafes more attractive to fans of computer games.
Taiwan's 2,500 Internet cafes charge between NT45 (S$2.43) and NT90 (S$4.86) an hour.
The survey also said that 7.7 percent of teenagers have browsed pornographic sites at cafes, with more than half going further and procuring sexual services via the Net.