As a perfect example of what can happen when someone takes a video game too seriously, there's the case of the South Korean man who died while playingStarcraft. The 28-year-old died after reportedly playing the online role-playing game for 50 hours straight, with few breaks. He had not slept and ate very little during the session, according to police. While the example was extreme, it did put a spotlight on the dangers of both game and internet addiction, which can cause damage to a person's social life and health.
It may seem obvious to many, but parents should monitor their children's gaming and internet habits, making sure they don't spend an excessive amount of time with either. Experts agree that if such addictions can be prevented at a younger age, children will have a lower chance of becoming overly hooked when they become adults.
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- I'm a tech-head — first in line to buy the latest and greatest.
- I'll typically wait for the first wave to pass and the bugs fixed before diving in.
- If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I hang on to my tech goodies for good reason.
- I'm still using a VCR and my late '90s flip phone.