There was a news release today that a 20 year old man, Chris Staniforth, played video games for 12 straight hours and died of a blood clot. This isn’t the first time that there has been a fatality in regards to marathon video game playing (A South Korean Died in 2005 after playing video games for three days straight.) It is amazing to me, as a parent, that after reported addicts and reported brain studies and after reported deaths, that we aren’t thinking that this is a serious health concern. Many gamers have stated that they cannot concentrate on anything other than the alternative world that their video games create.
I am calling upon all mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, and caregivers….we need to come together and try to bring awareness to all people that are partly responsible for today’s youth. We, obviously, cannot rely on the government and health officials to help us.
Please let me know if you have any ideas for any of us that are parents and feeling very vulnerable to today’s ready-available addictions.