|Do you think video games, chat rooms, etc. have a dangerous addictive
effect on teenagers?
No. -- Well, maybe than can, but I think the word "addiction" has become drastically overused. There are some things that some people like to do a lot, while other people aren't that into them. Nothing wrong with that -- until the latter start to label the former "addicted" and start to medicalize their situation.
Do many teenagers today spend too much time with videogames and other online diversions, displacing both human interaction and other forms of education? Yes, maybe they do. When I was a teenager, I spent long hours under my headphones listening to various forms of classical music, mainly Wagnerian opera. Did I spend too much time with that, displacing both human interaction and other forms of education? Yes, maybe. Do I care? No.
And any educational specialists who came around theorizing that my Wagnerian opera-listening might have a dangerous addictive effect on me would have gotten Wotan's spear right through their interfering little hides.
You know what? I think the tendency to label other people's cultural passions as "dangerously addictive" has a dangerously addictive effect on educational theorists, psychologists, Euro-parliamentarians, and other types we could use less of. I think we should do something about it.
I think that anything can be dangerous and addictive, if not controlled responsibly.
No, the addictive element is overrated.
I think they can, but it entirely depends on the teenagers and their communication levels with their parents or guardians. These things are not bad in themselves, its the predators making use of them.
They can be addictive for anyone. Especially if you have nothing else to do with your time.
Probably... You look at the zombie killing and know 12 year olds are playing this instead of playing soccer or hockey.... Just not a good example to set.
I think we are experiencing a shift in the way we relate to others, while chat rooms may be a new form of social connection, video games may alienate from social interaction. Both cases, however, can be addictive for everyone.
Only the sad ones.
I think people have a negative effect on teenagers. People are far to ready to ignore each other and their children, so it's no wonder some of the nightmare cases you hear about are kids that have found new parents and new friends in the form of anonymous internet people and video games, which are not the same as normal human interaction and don't provide the same depth and breadth of experience for developing your own personality and social skills.
Video games, chat rooms, etc aren't the cause of addictions, they are just easily accessible 'solutions' to the symptoms of problems people are facing in other areas of their lives.
no as long as you interact and make new friends, maybe are even a good way to learn more as new languages.
I've long since felt that we place way to much blame on video games for society's ills, instead of on poor parenting skills. However, in the case of an addictive effect, I think it all depends on the teen, as with everything, there's always going to be those that take things to the extreme and that again goes back to parenting. If you don't want your kids playing video games 24/7 or chatting, then do something.
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