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British Tabloid: Games Make Kids Crazy

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Posted October 14, 2011 - By Stephen Johnson

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British newspaper The Sun has reported that video games are "Giving kids dementia."

Before you get too up-in-arms, consider this: Americans always seem to think British people are super smart because of the accents, so when we report that a "British newspaper" says something, many take it seriously. But you shouldn't. British people seem to love super-dumb, super-exploitive tabloids with questionably journalistic credibility. Example: The Sun.  While probably not good sources of information, they are entertaining.

According to The Sun, a "top scientist" names Baroness Greenfield said  "Screen technologies cause high arousal which in turn activates the brain system's underlying addiction. This results in the attraction of yet more screen-based activity."

She claimed connections in the brain "can be temporarily disabled by activities with a strong sensory content — 'blowing the mind'. "Or they can be inactivated permanently by degeneration — ie. dementia."

Are you terrified yet?

Baroness Greenfield offered some advice to gamers: "There is a need to be outside, to climb trees and feel the grass under your feet and the sun on your face."

I couldn't disagree more. Studies show that 99 percent of lion attacks take place outside the home, and the "sun on your face" is a known source of both skin cancer and Snooki. 

Source: The Sun

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