Don't know what to make of this (if anything)

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Don't know what to make of this (if anything)

For several days, I have been reading about this story. I began to wonder what the struggles with the dad was over. No connection to mmorpgs but I do find it curious that a young man kills his family and then spends hours with friends playing the Xbox games or whatever.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/local/baltimore_county/bal-te.to.browni...

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Just no words to express all the sadness I feel.... :'(

"This is the end...." The Doors

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Re: Don't know what to make of this (if anything)

This is my take on it. The kid was angy at his father. He was able to numb himself enough to do this by staying in the games. He has more mental issues than just gaming. They don't have too many quotes by the kid in the article. Liz

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No, it doesn't seem like the reporters have access to him anyway. I notice today about the funeral--no one can even speak his name (except the pastor). All too sad and yes, it sounds like he has other issues.

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Liz--my gut impression is that you are right. My experience has been that the videogames can numb the mind about anything and everything. My biggest surprise was that he played a musical instrument (cello). I've heard that it is next to impossible to find someone in prison who plays a musical instrument--he'll be an exception to this rule. I found this story very discouraging because if, as parents, being involved with the family, a church community, service organizations like the boy scouts, organized sports, and musical training still cannot keep a kid connected and out of trouble, I just don't know what else a parent could do-- I wish more people were aware of how destructive unlimited screen time can be. In our church they have begun to warn parents of teenagers preparing to serve a mission for our church, and the youth cannot get permission to go if they are playing videogames more than a specified number of hours (I think 2?) a day--because they have seen how the young men react out in the mission field when they no longer have access to the games--withdrawal symptoms, depression, etc. They are not open to the excitement and opportunity of traveling the world and meeting new people.

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That's an interesting observation that the fieldworkers have about the young people in the field. Those of you who know more about addictions may already know this but I noticed that withdrawal from cigarettes include irritability and depression and some of the other behaviors gamers here have noted. Today's NYTimes science section has an article about teens and cigarette addiction. If the kid responds yes to even one of a number of items on the list, it is a sign of addiction. I began substituting X for cigarettes and wondered if the same can be said of video addiction. Looks to me like it can. Maybe I should cut that out and let daughter look at it.

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