Monthly Archives: August 2009
As promised, it is not all doom (the adverse fate, not the game) and gloom (the state of melancholy, not the Pokemon) here at the TechAddiction Blog.
A new report by the Sesame Workshop has outlined some of the positive effects of playing video games.
If games are played in moderation, are age appropriate, and avoid violent content, some of the potential benefits include:
- Exposure to new vocabulary words, history, and science concepts
- Improved math and complex problem solving skills
- Improved “Systems Thinking” (how changing one element affects larger relationships)
- Improved physical health (for “active” and fitness games)
For more details, check out the full report.
After being charged with 10 counts of possession of child pornography, a Florida man is blaming his cat for the 1000+ images found on his computer.
“Griffin told investigators that his cat jumped on the computer keyboard while he was downloading music. He said he had left the room and found “strange things” on his computer when he returned.”
A 15-year old boy from China has died less than one day after entering a treatment camp for internet addiction.
Four staff members have been arrested amidst allegations that the boy was beaten to death.
“Some estimates suggest up to 10% of the country’s 100 million web users under could be addicted, and a growing number of rehabilitation services exist.
However, there is little consensus on how to treat the addiction.
Tao Ran, director of the country’s first internet addiction treatment clinic in Beijing, told The Associated Press (AP) that most camps chose to use military-style discipline over scientific methods.”