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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The True Consequences of Video Game Addiction - Let's Get These People Out of the House Now, Please!!

As you can see by this humorous picture, the true consequences of video game addiction come in many shapes, sizes and colors.  Seriously though, not only are we suffering physically from staring at our Sony flat screen television set for hours on end utilizing our playstation 3 gaming skills to shoot up the enemy and move up various levels through intense games such as world of warcraft, but our society is also transforming into a culture of short bursts of communication and even much shorter spans of attention.  This is being further perpetuated by all things Micro (e.g., micro blogging tweets for all of you Twitter enthusiasts out there).

We have really turned into an extreme “here and now” society, that is not willing to build relationships in-person, won’t wait the appropriate time to get information requested, or just cannot make due without that trendy new product from Apple (can you say ipad 2 and Macbook Pro?) or that cool Canon camera (EOS Rebel 2ti) for just one friggin day…it’s the fast food mentality but multiplied one hundred times over!  And now, to serve our need for curation and get that quick fix for the attention we are starving for, we have turned to either social networking sites to fill in that void (think Facebook news feeds or Stumbleupon stumbles or Digg thumbs up, etc.) or making that right love connection on various dating sites across the web (Match.com, eHarmony, etc.).

From Farmville to iphones to Wii, our lives have become a endless web of technological touch points, that have us relying on machines to overcome our wants, fears and expectations.  If we don’t start building those relationships in-person and finally get out of the house, then we’re never going to make a dent in trying to combat the true consequences of video game addiction.

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According to recent research by Ofcom, 37% of adults and 60% of teens admit to being ‘highly addicted’ to their smartphones, with users checking their smartphones on average, 34 times a day. Additionally, 51% of adults and 65% of teens use their smartphones while socializing with others, and 22% and 47% respectively, confess to answering their smartphones even while on the toilet.

So the International 'Moodoff Day’ is encouraging people around the world to avoid using smartphones for a few hours on February 26. The organization is urging adults and teenagers to spend from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. that day without using their smartphone. This events will celebrate each year on last Sunday of February.

if you feel you could benefit from a morning without smartphones and mobile devices and want to encourage others to follow suit, go to www.MoodOffDay.org and pledge your support. You can even post your personal experiences of smartphone addiction or upload funny images showing smartphone addicts in action at www.facebook.com/MoodOffDay .

Moodoff Day is aiming to raise awareness of smart phone addiction and to minimise the impact on relationships, work/life balance, reduce risk of injury in traffic and improve quality of life.

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