Today in the headlines are the wary researchers condemning video games. Studies show that kids who really like video games want to play them all the time! Even to the point of skipping other, more important activities like homework and chores! (Oh No!!). This means that electronics manufacturers and all of their marketing support have created a devovling generation that over time, will be just like the boring, apathetic halcyonic kids at the end of H.G. Wells’ Time Machine! What they deserve is a kind of swift kick!
Swift kick of reality!
Shall we dissect this a moment before parents run out to the pharmacy for their child’s Ritalin refills? According to the USA Today article:
“Nearly one in 10 children and teens who play video games show behavioral signs that may indicate addiction, a new study reports. The study found 8.5% of those who played had at least six of 11 addictive symptoms, including skipping chores and homework for video games, poor test or homework performance and playing games to escape problems.
…Other symptoms included excessive thinking about games and planning the next opportunity, trying to play less and failing, restlessness or irritability when trying to reduce or stop playing, lying about play time, stealing a game or stealing money to buy a game…”
There’s no indication of the frequency that the lengths that the 10 and 8.5 percent of crazy ass kids are going to fill their video game fix, but there’s going to be a lot of trash not getting taken out if this problem isn’t addressed quickly! To me, it looks like more unnecssary warnings. You may have spastic, socially awkward kids, but hell… that’s adolescence for you. And with this, you might be to define addiction as kids who really like playing games… a lot. Don’t forget that last part, it’s really important! The same way other kids might like only doing that one thing they’re passionate about all the time.
And in conclusion, this might be an appropriate moment to remind you young kids of the wise words of Mr. Vanilla Ice: stay in school and don’t do drugs.