Monthly Archives: August 2009

New Sesame Workshop study on the positive effects of video games

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.

Support from an unexpected source

Support from an unexpected source

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.

Man blames cat for child porn found on computer

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.

"Kitty" porn?
“I swear, I did a Google search for kitty porn!”
“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.”
No trial yet, but for some reason I can’t see this holding up in court.

Teen beaten to death at internet addiction treatment camp?

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.

Internet cafe in China
Internet cafe in China

“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.”

Original article




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