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  • This last week, the world lost a very talented and beloved comedian, Robin Williams. He was an icon in Hollywood – a legend to look up to, especially for comedic actors that are just starting out. It was saddening and disturbing to hear that Williams felt there was no other option except suicide. Darkness and deep sadness truly overwhelmed him. 

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  • Violence is all around us. It’s in our neighborhoods, on our televisions, in our movies, and on the news. Real violence – rape, abuse, murder – is everywhere we turn. Yet, as gruesome and horrific as this violence is, society is often perceived as idolizing it. We celebrate it by paying to see violent movies. And we celebrate it by allowing kids to see it on television shows or playing violent video games.  A recent study shows that 50% of parents allow their kids, some as young as six years old, to play adult and mature rated games. Some parents allow their young children to play Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto (two of the most well-known violent video games out there) for up to six hours a day. The survey also showed that one in four parents can see a change in behavior after their kids play the game.  Approximately 57% of parents say that they think their kids can handle the content in games, even though they aren’t old enough.  

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  • Kids are born into a world full of technology. Every week, there seems to be a new advancement in the world of technology. Babies and toddlers grow up surrounded by televisions, computers, video games, tablets, smart phones, and more. A new study revealed that almost half of parents in North West area of the United Kingdom think that their kids are addicted to digital devices.  Approximately 44% are glued to their screens, with tablets being the top technology for children (39% of children have their own iPad).  More than a third (38%) of North West kids also own a mobile phone, while nearly a quarter (24%) have already got Facebook.

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  • We all know that Facebook can suck you in – log on, start reading and scrolling, and before you know it, you’ve been staring at the screen for a half hour.  People are obsessed about posting statuses – they post what they’re eating, what they’re angry about, what they’re celebrating, and everything in between. Facebook has become more than a preoccupation for some people – it has become a part of their everyday lives and they can’t live without it. That’s why, when Facebook experienced a huge glitch in their system last week and it went completely down, people went crazy. 

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Video Game Addiction

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .