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    Lightbulb Sun madness shocker: “Games ‘are giving kids dementia’”

    COMPUTER games and Facebook can addle kids' brains, a top scientist warned yesterday.




    UK tabloid The Sun has claimed this morning that playing video games can result in “temporary dementia.”

    The shocking claim is made to the paper by “top scientist” Baroness Greenfield.

    “Screen technologies cause high arousal which in turn activates the brain system’s underlying addiction. This results in the attraction of yet more screen-based activity,” she said to the paper.

    Greenfield noted that connections within the brain “can be temporarily disabled by activities with a strong sensory content,” as well as insisting that there was a “need” for children to be “outside, to climb trees and feel the grass under your feet and the sun on your face.”

    This is not the first time this year The Sun’s come out with something like this on the gaming front: just after the UK launch of 3DS, the paper claimed that it was “the most returned games console ever” due to dizziness and headaches, something which ex-Nintendo UK comms boss Rob Saunders staunchly denied at the time.
    From The Sun:


    Baroness Greenfield said they may lead to temporary "dementia".

    She urged youngsters to turn off their computers, go outdoors and enjoy fresh air instead. In a single year, children can spend up to 2,000 hours staring at a screen, which poses risks such as computer addiction.

    The baroness — a leading neuroscientist — said although technology had many benefits and could harness creativity, overuse was dangerous.

    She insisted: "Screen technologies cause high arousal which in turn activates the brain system's underlying addiction. This results in the attraction of yet more screen-based activity."

    She claimed connections in the brain "can be temporarily disabled by activities with a strong sensory content — 'blowing the mind'.

    "Or they can be inactivated permanently by degeneration — ie. dementia."

    Baroness Greenfield stressed: "There is a need to be outside, to climb trees and feel the grass under your feet and the sun on your face." She also blasted the rise in "trolling" — where malicious messages are posted online — and the tendency of youngsters to live their lives through Facebook.

    The baroness added at a conference in Dorset: "What does it say about their identity if they are defining themselves by how others see them?"
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    Default Re: Sun madness shocker: “Games ‘are giving kids dementia’”

    Yaeee...!!! I am that kid on the photo. Wait..researchers used me as a Guinea-pig.

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