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Columnist -- Addicted gamers should go cold turkey

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Posted by Jeremy on January 24, 2007 9:46 AM
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It always angers me when people who don't know anything about video games speak with authority. So it goes with Hartford Courant columnist, John Rosemond, in his piece Young Video-Game Addicts Need To Quit Cold Turkey. In it, he offers anecdotal evidence that America's workforce and college students have no work ethic because of video games.


He then spins that into a tale about how a mom and dad finally got their bratty teen-aged son to stop playing his computer games...by taking away the computer. He also offers a few other instances of weak parenting, but really, how are they to be good parents when video games have such a strong pull?

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It's funny that Rosemond mentions that America's workforce doesn't know how to work anymore when productivity is at an all time high and we are number one in the world, at that. A big reason for that is that kids have grown up with computers and multitasking.

As far as college kids go, well, you have to look at a no-child-left-behind education system that teaches on for a test and doesn't teach critical thinking skills needed in everyday business. If anything, kids are getting more out of solving difficult puzzles in 'Zelda' and 'Shadow of the Colossus' than they are under Margaret Spellings' education plan.

It isn't that kids are in front of their computers all the time, it's that the elders in our society still that that is a bad thing.

Read the column for yourself and see if it bothers you as much as it does me.






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