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Computer games 'giving kids dementia', blares The Sun

Neuroscientist says 'games are blowing kids' minds'

The Sun has published a fresh attack on video games, claiming that interactive entertainment is giving kids dementia.

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The shocking conclusion comes from neuroscientist Baroness Greenfield, who concedes that technology can harness creativity but also warns that "screen technologies cause high arousal which in turn activates the brain system's underlying addiction".

This apparently results in "yet more screen-based activity" which leads to risk of 'blowing the mind'.

Greenfield claims the brain "can be temporarily disabled by activities with a strong sensory content or can be inactivated permanently by degradation - ie. Dementia".

The Baroness told attendees at a conference in Dorset: "There is a need to be outside, to climb trees and feel the grass under your feet and the sun on your face."

The warning comes following last month's fear-mongering in The Metro. The free newspaper suggested gamers can't tell the difference between the real world and fantasy, citing cases of teenagers wishing they could use Portal guns in real life and the like.

Greenfield continued her talk in Dorset by blasting the rise in "trolling" and Facebook culture.

"What does it say about their identity if they are defining themselves by how others see them?" she asked.

We'd say it makes them perfectly imperfect human beings, but that's just us.

[ SOURCE: The Sun ]

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