FCC Commissioner Terms WoW a Leading Cause of College Dropouts

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FCC Commissioner Terms WoW a Leading Cause of College Dropouts

The article, at http://www.gamepolitics.com/...">http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/12/10/fcc-commissioner-terms-wow-leadin..., says that the FCC commissioner, Deborah Taylor Tate, commented on WoW during a speech on telecom policy and regulation delivered to the Practicing Law Institute on December 5th:

Quote:You might find it alarming that one of the top reasons for college drop-outs in the U.S. is online gaming addiction - such as World of Warcraft - which is played by 11 million individuals worldwide.

I would be interested in somebody determining something more precise than "one of top reasons". Nonetheless, I am glad that Ms. Tate at least acknowledges that, for a relatively large number of students, on-line gaming addiction is causing sufficient problems to lead them to drop out of college.

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Good to see that World of

Good to see that World of Warcrack is starting to be seen as an issue for some people, rather than a fun hobby. I never got into WoW because although it looked really awesome, I knew way too many people that had been sucked into it alarmingly deep. And I knew myself too well. ;) Great article, thanks for posting!

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The head of the Federal

The head of the Federal Communications Commission mentioned gaming addiction by name. how interesting.

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I'm so glad it's finally out

I'm so glad it's finally out there in the open. I know there are some parents here who don't need to be told. But, I think it's due time! It was a year ago that I talked to a scholarship rep from my son's college and was told that she'd seen it multiple times herself.

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I was particularly

I was particularly interested in this article, linked from the first one: http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/79944/ Kudos to UMD for recognizing the problem and taking it seriously. Maybe if my son ever goes back for his bachelor's degree, I'll send him there. Note; You can eventually link to the FCC commissioner's e-mail from the original article linked in the first post, if you feel inclined to write to her. I did.

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From the Duluth Tribune

From the Duluth Tribune article

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aEUoeKids that donaEU(tm)t have jobs or have much responsibility [can] end up aEU| taking entire semesters off to sleep, eat and play,aEU he said.

That was why I started to play so much. Once I graduated from high school I started to play Battlefield 2. I woke up around 9am, started around 10am and would quite just in time to make it to work, eating lunch and sniping at the same time. Then when i got home around 11pm or so, I would go straight to the game and quit around 1:30am or 2am. It was a vicious cycle and I was having a lot of fun. So much fun, I almost didn't even register for classes in the Spring that followed high school graduation. Kids, youth, college students don't want to do things but have fun. How do most universities advertise? They show you pictures of students enjoying themselves, not learning. They talk a lot more about dorm life than they do about classroom life. So when they go off to college they get a reality check that if you want to succeed in school you have to actually work at it. Trust me, I had one myself... Course, now I can hardly afford the two year school I'm attending now. But that is for another thread...

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May she continue to reign

May she continue to reign victorious under the Obama administration. :) The Commissioner goes on to say...

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I have tried to be a voice for children and families, millions of real moms and dads, grandparents, and caregivers trying to raise children in this age of media pervasiveness and on-screen overload. Just as new languages have developed so have new risks, from the epidemic of child obesity, to cyberbullying, to the tragic practice of child trafficking and predatory behaviors online.

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And we will see someday in

And we will see someday in many printed dictionaries: "World of Warcraft" 1. An MMO .... 15. A Drug...

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The government needs to look

The government needs to look into this a bit more seriously- as does the "medical" world- the fact that this site has been hit over 3.2 MILLION times suggests there is a growing problem with online gaming addiciton, especially among young people. What I wouldn't give to see Harvard, or Johns Hopkins do a serious, in-depth study into the effects these type of games have on people- the boxes should have warnings, like a pack of cigarettes: SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING: Plaing MMORPG's can be dangerous to your health. It has been known to cause exaustion, divorce, lack of social life, sickness, and in some cases, death. Anyone else want to start a petition? :D

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Strictly speaking, we don't

Strictly speaking, we don't take a position on that as an organization, but if you want to contact your elected officials or start a petition, it may be an interesting dialogue to start. On my personal blog, I have explored addiction labelling along the lines of "Excessive gameplay may be hazardous to your health." The reaction has been, well, predictable.

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