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Teenage Zombies
wsj. ^ | January 4, 2008 | By STEPHEN MOORE

Posted on 12/27/2012 5:21:06 PM PST by dennisw

Back in October we established for the older boys strict screen-time limits. It was then that we discovered the true extent of their addiction. They ranted and raved and cursed and even threw things -- almost as if demons had taken possession of them. These are classic withdrawal symptoms; they craved a fix. When we installed parental controls on the computer, our boys scoffed. It took them about 15 minutes to disable them. We've become so desperate that we may have to get rid of the computers entirely, though that may hamper their school work.

My new year's resolution is to get my two teenage sons back. They've been abducted -- by the cult of Nintendo. I'm convinced that video games are Japan's stealth strategy to turn our kids' brains into silly putty as payback for dropping the big one on Hiroshima.

The trouble began last summer when my sons started spending virtually every unsupervised hour camped out in front of the computer screen engaged in multiplayer role games like World of Warcraft and Counterstrike. At the start of this craze, I wrote it off as merely a normal phase of adolescence. I was confident that, at 14 and 16, they would soon be more interested in chasing real-life girls than virtual video hoodlums.

Boy, was I wrong. Their compulsion became steadily more destructive. They grew increasingly withdrawn, walking around like the zombies from "Night of the Living Dead." Unless I pried them (forcibly) from the computer, they would spend five or six hours at a time absorbed in these online fantasy worlds. My wife tried to calm me down by observing that "at least they're not out having sex or doing drugs." But how would that be any worse?

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1 posted on 12/27/2012 5:21:11 PM PST by dennisw
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To: dennisw

from 2008!!


2 posted on 12/27/2012 5:21:50 PM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

I school near me just announced that they got a grant to buy iPods for the kindergarteners.


3 posted on 12/27/2012 5:24:04 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dennisw

They are not demons or addicts, they’re teenage boys. Are these your first teenagers?


4 posted on 12/27/2012 5:32:10 PM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: cripplecreek

iPads?


5 posted on 12/27/2012 5:33:35 PM PST by palmer (Obama = Carter + affirmative action)
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Whichever. Things that kindergarteners don’t need.


6 posted on 12/27/2012 5:36:22 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: dennisw

We had time rules about game playing and computer use for our sons. They had a lot to do and did not have time to abuse themselves with machines.

If it got out of hand, I did not spend my life fighting about it. The equipment suddenly broke!

Today a lot of the parents are technology addicts, too. What happens when people don’t interact in real life? Kind of spooky.


7 posted on 12/27/2012 5:43:54 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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There’s a pretty interesting lecture on teh TED site that says American play several billion hours of game play per week. This game designer posits that if we can harness these kids’ energy we can actually solve real, big problems... http://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world.html

Just another way to look at it.


8 posted on 12/27/2012 5:49:30 PM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: Dr. Pritchett

Several billion hours staring at screens instead of active lives with real people just might be a problem.


9 posted on 12/27/2012 6:36:16 PM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: hoosierham

“Several billion hours staring at screens instead of active lives with real people just might be a problem.”

Are you talking about Freepers, LOL!


10 posted on 12/27/2012 6:49:00 PM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: dennisw
OpenDNS is like a magic wand for your Internet
11 posted on 12/27/2012 7:08:21 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: flaglady47

Yeah most freepers don’t even use their real names! !


12 posted on 12/28/2012 4:07:04 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: flaglady47

Yeah most freepers don’t even use their real names! !


13 posted on 12/28/2012 4:07:18 AM PST by stuartcr ("Everything happens as God wants it to, otherwise, things would be different.")
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To: dennisw
Love this article:

We recently considered purchasing the new Nintendo Wii...My wife and I aren't entirely inept parents...

Wanna bet?

My wife tried to calm me down by observing that "at least they're not out having sex or doing drugs." But how would that be any worse?

Really?

This summer the American Medical Association's annual conference debated a proposal to declare excessive video gaming a "formal disorder"

On a somewhat related note, I can't help but wonder how many homosexuals are members of the AMA and approve such a classification...

The war lords of the gaming industry...November sales for the Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, and the games that go with them, were up a gaudy 52% over last year.

"Warlords"? "Gaudy"? What's "gaudy"? The number 52? Sales?

And, my favorite:

I'm not suggesting making the games illegal -- we don't need a multibillion-dollar black market in video games.

Because that's certainly the only real problem inherent in a mass ban, right?

Basically this guy turned his kids over to the video game systems and is upset at his decision, so, naturally, he blames the video game companies. And this was before the Obama Immaculation. That victim mentality is probably 10x worse now.

14 posted on 12/28/2012 4:31:44 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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Randy Marsh: Stan! Stan!
Stan Marsh: Hang on guys, my dad wants something.
Randy Marsh: Stan!
Stan Marsh: What?
Stan Marsh: You’ve been on your computer all weekend. Shouldn’t you go out and socialize with your friends?
Stan Marsh: I am socializing r-tard! I’m logged on to an MMORPG, with people from all over the world and getting XP with my party using teamspeak.
[pause]
Randy Marsh: [hurt] I’m not an r-tard.


15 posted on 12/28/2012 6:14:47 AM PST by Biff55 (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets.)
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To: dennisw
video games are Japan's stealth strategy to turn our kids' brains into silly putty

Nope... not Japan. Someone much spiritually darker than the founder of Nintendo is at work here.

Boys. Future fathers. Future heads of families. Take them out. Keep them absorbed and not starting families.

16 posted on 12/28/2012 6:22:03 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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