Humanity is doomed

I received this in an email from a colleague of mine… it shows the response of a kid who had their World of Warcraft subscription cancelled.
Unfortunately even if it is fake, it brings to light a current and somewhat disturbing trend in electronic society, that is that people, like our dear associate below, have developed an overdependence or near social obsession with an electronic life or persona.

So when one of these external stimuli are removed, the results can often be disastrous, and if recorded, can be embarrassing if published, so much so, in this electronic world with the proliferation of devices capable of not only recording but distributing content to YouTube or Flickr. Even if most of the content being posted to hosting sites, usually depicts teens as the root of this eAddiction, there is also a growing number of dissatisfied Adults turning to the cyber realms, and using real world money to pay for it.

 

That being said, what exactly should be the proper response to this problem? Is blocking access to Online content an appropriate response considering that so many are already addicted to the Internet? or is the method employed in China, where addicts have their obsession with the web beaten out of them?

Most of this problem can be addressed purely by an old parenting technique, one that my parents performed, and that is, be involved in their life. The Computer/Gaming console is NOT a baby sitter, any more than the Television is, tell them the real world consequences of spending excessive amounts of time on the net, and further more, teach them that there is some things that just do not work online, when compared to their real world equivalent.

While it may seem that simply cutting off the payments to a gaming subscription is an adequate response, look at it from the eyes of the addict, to them the game is their life, and by denying them of this outlet, you have effectively ‘killed them’. While I am not condoning these actions, simply talking to the addict and informing them of what you are going to do may in the short term, prevent outbursts such as the above video.

And for the record, we also don’t a clue as to what he is doing with that remote control.

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    • castraandme
    • September 7th, 2009

    OH MY GOD! That is SAD! Where are the “Parents”? A tantrum like that at that age is unbelievable! This kid has obviously been allowed to isolate himself for so long that, YES he is addicted! Those parents better make some changes soon or this kid is in for a short, disturbing life.

    SICK

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    • Anon
    • September 8th, 2009

    We have a mutual friend Doc who while not like that leaves me with serious concerns about what would
    happen to her if her WOW subscription was ever cancelled. She has already had one bad relationship with a guy she met over it and I am fairly sure the current one while not as bad is just as unhealthy. WOW and the majority of mmorpgs are evil creations, seriously who would pay for a game at full price and then pay to play it as well. I have tried these games both with star wars galaxies and lotro (which was kinda cool for the story but I lost my interest in it when you get a bunch of idiots like I am sure that guy in the vid would be banging on about how cool they are becuase they have 3 level what ever character at the sacrifice of their life compared to me who likes to go out and enjoy my time doing other things rather then sit in a dark room and not have anyore experience then the computer screen. As you know I am definetly againt banning things and censorship but if it were mmorpgs on the chopping block i think I would have to seriously rethink my views

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    • That being said mate, while it has been proposed, that any MMORPG, which under the ACMA/OFLC gets a non rating due to online content, has any complaint against them, they are blocked, when most of the time, these games should not be played by children anyway.

      The problem with MMORPG’s is the fact that if you are playing, you are communicating with the world, and things only happen while you are online, games don’t do things when your out, so addicts feel that they have to play in order to achieve anything.

      I may be wrong but there are built in systems for WOW, that can be activated that shut the game down if its played for more than x hours, if not, then there should be.

      as for Pay as you play… well not even I understand that one, but there is always a plethora of free servers out there, so there is an alternative if you look hard enough

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