Dating adult video game
Some distraught young man in South Korea plays a video game for fifty straight hours without stopping to sleep or eat, goes into cardiac arrest, and dies.
Therefore, video games are addictive, dangerous, and we must either ban them or curtail their use so our children don't die like that poor South Korean.
After much testimony and study, the court concluded, "Studies purporting to show a connection between exposure to violent video games and harmful effects on children do not prove that such exposure causes minors to act aggressively." In 2010, the Australian government--faced with petitions to ban or restrict video games with violent content--reached a similar conclusion after evaluating all of the evidence.
Many if not most researchers who support the concept of video game addiction draw an analogy between video game playing and gambling.
In fact, much of the research purporting to assess the prevalence of video game addiction--including the much-touted recent study conducted in Singapore --has employed the same questionnaire that is used to assess the prevalence of gambling addiction, changing only the word "gambling" to "video gaming." The analogy may be tempting to people who don't know much about video gaming.
"Experts," especially those quoted frequently by the media, are constantly warning us of dangers to our kids.
What usually grabs our attention and instills fear in our hearts are the case stories they present.