Addicted-to-games students "get worse grades"

Addicted-to-games students "get worse grades"

Summary: I've mentioned before my political stance on newspapers such as the Daily Mail, the written version of Fox News, but for once they shed light on something which is directly from the US Department of the Bleeding Obvious.From their news report:University student Daisy Jones, 21, said: 'I was in the library trying to write a 2,000-word essay when I realised my Facebook habit had got out of hand.

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I've mentioned before my political stance on newspapers such as the Daily Mail, the written version of Fox News, but for once they shed light on something which is directly from the US Department of the Bleeding Obvious.

From their news report:

University student Daisy Jones, 21, said: 'I was in the library trying to write a 2,000-word essay when I realised my Facebook habit had got out of hand.

'I couldn't resist going online. You do that, then someone's photo catches your eye.

'Before you know it, a couple of minutes has turned into a couple of hours and you haven't written a thing.'

What? You're addicted to Facebook? You physically cannot go 20 minutes without getting a hit from a virtual site? You shouldn't even be at university if you spend all your concentrated time on everything other than exams and revision.

And it's not just social networking websites which get people hooked. I've seen rooms in student accommodation where it's media-central; multiple televisions, Xbox, PS3, that other Nintendo gadget where you wave it around and play "virtual tennis". Just go outside and play real tennis? What is wrong with you?

The point is, even with this fantastic technology around, you're spending in excess of between $10,000 and $40,000 a year to be at college, so do what normal students do - work on that essay, go out on the lash in the evening, and take some random girl home at the end of the evening.

Can you not blame me for quitting my computer science?

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  • Students certainly have a right to fail.

    If they are filling up their time with Facebook/Myspace or video games rather than working on their homework, then they have earned their right to fail.

    I played video games through college, but I also made sure that my homework was done first. It is awful how time kind of melts away while playing games, and you don't even realize it. Plenty of times where I only planned to play like 20 minutes, and ended up playing for a couple of hours.

    It is all about having priorities straight. If your priority is to play video games, then maybe college isn't for you. Your next job may be digging a ditch, but at least you can play Video games on your free time.
    xXSpeedzXx
  • Why take a shot at Fox News??

    Your ugly little shot at Fox News was distasteful at best and at worse downright offensive. Your remark added nothing to your article, but clearly demonstrated your political bias. I found an article that I think really sums up the whole anti-Fox News movement, so perhaps you could learn from it:

    http://rightreasonpolitics.blogspot.com/2008/02/why-liberals-oppose-and-despise-fox.html
    Tiggster
    • RE: Why take a shot at Fox News??

      Because if you don't agree with what they say, they'll consider you a terrorist.
      zwhittaker
    • Geez, relax a little...

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      Cyclops
      We locked
      In the idiot box
      The video slots
      Broadcast
      The Waco Davidian plots
      They own YouTube, Myspace
      When this ignorant shit gon' stop?
      They monopolizing news
      Your views
      And the channel you choose
      Propaganda
      Visual cancer
      The eye
      In the sky
      Number five
      On the dial
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      Frequency antenna
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      Remote control
      soul
      Controller
      Your brain holder
      Slave culture
      Game's over
      What's a Fox characteristic?
      Slick shit
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      Misinformation
      Pimp the station
      Over stimulation
      Reception
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      Comcast digital Satan
      The Fox has a bushy tail
      And Bush tells
      Lies and Foxtrots
      So I don't know what's real

      [Chorus]

      Watch what you watchin'
      Fox keeps feeding us toxins
      Stop sleeping
      Start thinking
      Outside of the box and
      Unplug from The Matrix doctrine
      But watch what you say Big Brother is watchin'

      Watch what you watchin'
      Fox keeps feeding us toxins
      Stop sleeping
      Start thinking
      Outside of the box and
      Unplug from The Matrix doctrine
      But watch what you say Fox 5 is watchin'

      [Verse 2:NaS]

      The Fear Factor got you all rattled up
      O' Reilly
      Oh really?
      No rally needed
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      Myspace pimps, hoes, and sluts
      Ya'll exploit rap culture, then ya'll flip on us
      And you own the post, and ya'll shit on us
      What is they net worth?
      They gon' try to censor my next verse?
      Throw 'em off the roof neck first
      While I'm clicking my cursor
      Reading blogs about the pressure they put on Universal
      It gets worse while I'm clicking my mouse
      While they kickin' my house
      They figured us out
      Why a nigga go south
      It's either he caught a body, no sleep they watchin'!
      I watch CBS
      And I See B.S.!
      Tryin' to track us down with GPS
      Make a nigga wanna invest in PBS

      [Chorus]

      Watch what you watchin'
      Fox keeps feeding us toxins
      Stop sleeping
      Start thinking
      Outside of the box and
      Unplug from The Matrix doctrine
      But watch what you say Big Brother is watchin'

      Watch what you watchin'
      Fox keeps feeding us toxins
      Stop sleeping
      Start thinking
      Outside of the box and
      Unplug from The Matrix doctrine
      But watch what you say Fox 5 is watchin'

      [Verse 3:NaS]

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      But what about Grindhouse and Kill Bill?
      What about Cheney and Halliburton? (Halliburton?)
      The backdoor deals
      On oil fields
      How's NaS the most violent person?
      Ya'll don't know talent if it hit you
      Bringin' up my criminal possession charges with a pistol (pistol)
      I use Viacom
      As my firearm
      And let the lyrics split you
      Who do you rely upon?
      They shoot shells at Leviathan
      I'm dealing with the higher form
      F**k if you care how I write a poem?
      Only Fox that I love was the red one
      Only black man that Fox loves is in jail or a dead one!
      Red rum
      Political bedlam
      Don't let the hype into your eyes and ear drum
      Murdoch on Fox
      Not 18 with Barracas
      And he hate Barack cause
      He march with the marchers

      [Outro]

      I pledge allegiance to the fair and balanced truth.
      Not the biased truth
      Not the liar's truth
      But the highest truth
      I will not be deceived
      nor will I believe
      In the Propaganda
      I will not fall for the Okey-Doke
      I am tuned-in

      [NaS]

      Watch, cause they're watching
      Watch what you're watching

      Better watch, cause they're watching
      Watch what you're watching

      Me-Me-Media
      Misleading ya

      Watch what you're watching


      ----
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      T1Oracle
  • RE: Addicted-to-games students

    When time will shoe what the Bush administration really accomplished,
    eaven the americans will know why they are the most hatet nation on the
    planet. Steal (oil, human liberties...), deny all the amendments to the
    constitution, forget about the geneve convention... and on and on and
    on.... By, that time, it will be to late. The start of world war 3, started, with
    the bush era.
    Phantom.si
  • RE: Addicted-to-games students

    Hi, i was just wondering where you got the '20 minutes' figure from?
    Also, surely facebook is a more productive site to spend time on than a site like twitter for example, which encourages users to update statuses every so often for a purpose which is beyond me.
    hazba
  • RE: Addicted-to-games students

    Chillout Zack!

    "Shouldn't even be at University?!!

    If a person is intelligent enough to get into university in the first place and they then choose to spend all of their time on facebook (or playing XBox etc.), it's their right and THEIR money. I know plenty of people who are on facebook all the time, ("addicted" some might stay) but they're still managing to average a 1st!

    You write like it's having this huge negative influence on you? Aren't there more pressing matters for you to write about and comment on?
    rae_mae