Computer games sending kids ‘crazy’ says baroness

Baroness Greenfield, a top neurologist, links computer gaming with dementia

October 14, 2011
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A leading scientist has attempted to stir up some moral panic about computer games, claiming they send a nation of kids loopy.

Not surprisingly the Sun is publishing such sensationalism with glee.

It says that at a recent conference, Baroness Greenfield, a top neurologist, claimed that temporary dementia afflicted children when they played computer games.

The baroness said that screen technologies cause “high arousal which in turn activates the brain system’s underlying addiction.” This then leads to the “attraction of yet more screen based activity.”

The upshot of this is that kids can spend up to 2,000 hours in front of a screen every year due to addiction.

Apparently connections in the brain can be “temporarily disabled by activities with a strong sensory content — ‘blowing the mind'”, making a spot of FarmVille sound more like a night downing some industrial grade LSD.

Brain connection can also be inactivated permanently by degeneration warned Greenfield.
The scientist, doing her best impression of sounding like everyone’s mum when they were fifteen, pleaded with the nation’s kids to go outdoors and enjoy some fresh air instead.

“There is a need to be outside, to climb trees and feel the grass under your feet and the sun on your face,” said the scientist who has obviously never enjoyed the thrills of a nail-biting FA cup run on Football Manager.

Facebook came in for a battering too, with a warning against a new culture of trolling, whereby malicious or aggravating messages are posted online to wind others up.


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