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TUESDAY, APR 21, 2009  |  2 comments
Study: Video-game-playing kids showing addiction symptoms
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. The research, which is published in the May issue of the journal Psychological Science, is based on a 2007 Harris poll of 1,179 U.S. youngsters, the first nationally representative poll on the subject. ...


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fuzzy logic | lab  Find all comments by fuzzy logic
A couple of things:

In this day of blame-recovery- empowerment-'it's all about me'- naricissistic-post-modern-self-worship society, nothing really is an "addiction" anymore. It's a disease. Labeling bad behavior (poor choices which everyone makes) a disease encourages certain industries like: big-pharma, social services, lawyers (of course), the entire self-help coaching/movement, and yes EVEN CHURCHES to PROFIT FROM THIS!

Secondly, I too would like to recommend two books: Damned Lies And Statistics, & More Damned Lies And Statistics, by Joel Best.

"People use statistics to support particular points of view, and it is naive simply to accept numbers as accurate, without examining who is using them and why (Damned 1)."

"Innumeracy is the mathematical equivalent of illiteracy; it is 'an inability to deal comfortably with the fundamental notions of number and chance (from John A. Paulor, Innumeracy )' Just as some people cannot read or read poorly, many people have trouble thinking clearly about numbers (ibid 19)."

"Our culture depends on numbers, and therefore treats them seriously. Even when we suspect that our statistics are flawed, we realize that we can't get along without figures (More Lies 117)."

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Scott McMahan | Internet  Contact via emailFind all comments by Scott McMahan
More social science nonsense. "Nearly" 1 in 10 kids probably would fit ANY profile you could imagine considering both the number and diversity of kids in America. They're saying 8.5% of kids have up to about half of the possible symptoms in what looks like a vague list. (There are kids who do not skip chores and homework to do something fun? I think they'd be abnormal!) And these underwhelming stats come from a sample size of "nearly" 1200 kids who self-reported on a survey (we know kids would never play a joke on adults with a survey like this) and somehow trying to broaden this out to the entire kid population of America (can't remember how many millions of kids there are, but probably all of them have blown off homework and chores). The best thing anyone can do is read the book "Innumeracy" and take a statistics class. This is a classic non-news story made up to fill a slow news day.
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