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  • Swatting is an Internet prank that has criminal consequences and happens when a person finds your address either through your IP address or because they know your name and address. They call 911 and report a false emergency. Emergency crews show up to the location (oftentimes the SWAT team is called) without knowing that there is no critical incident. Cybercriminals and gamers use this type of hoax quite often, and it can have horrible repercussions.  

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  • Technology sucks people in, sometimes for hours upon hours. The screen is a way to escape and divert attention away from what’s going on around. Screens and the content on them – whether it’s on an iPhone, a laptop, an iPad, or a Kindle, have the ability to get people addicted, and get them addicted fast. In some cases, the addiction is so bad, that people, both young and old, have difficulty sleeping or interacting on a basic social level. In fact, the Japanese government has seen such negative repercussions with excessive screen time that they have gone so far to have estimated that about 500,000 teens are addicted to the Internet. 

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  • A man in Germany was recently fined over $500 in court for sedating his girlfriend with drugs so he could continue gaming with his friend. A German newspaper reported that he put a sedative in his girlfriend’s tea when she got home from work and complained about having him game for the rest of the evening. The man claims it was not a strong dosage, but the woman slept until noon the next day and was still acting groggy throughout the next day. The judge claims that it was a deliberate assault and the man was ordered to pay the fine.  (1) 

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  • A new report out of the Chung-Ang University Hospital in Korea shows that a form of “virtual reality” therapy can help alcoholics reduce their craving for alcoholic beverages. The study that was done was very small and only included 10 patients, but the findings were surprising enough that the researchers are hopeful that this type of therapy could be used for alcohol dependency disorders on a larger scale, especially since this type of therapy is already used in psychiatry and psychology. 

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Video Game Addiction

Written by Dr. Andrew Doan & Brooke Strickland on .