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Gaming News: "Damn Dumb"
Posted: Thursday August 25th, 2005 by

An article at the Canton Repository (and subsequently linked/commented on at Joystiq.com) reported a few days ago that 65 of the 490 female students at Canton, Ohio's Timken High School are pregnant. Now, this information by itself is somewhat disturbing, but what really got my attention are some of the possible causes that were listed: movies, TV, and video games. [ more info ]

I have yet to see a video game that could cause spontaneous impregnation. So, my immediate response was to illustrate exactly how stupid that really sounds.

Now, to be completely fair, the article focusses on on the issues being caused by unplanned pregnancies in the city's youth. They do not blame video games in any way. In reading the article, it is unclear exactly who is pointing their fingers in our general directions.

The article also has "lazy parenting" and "lax discipline" on the list, but do movies, tvs, or video games REALLY need to be considered potential culprits? I'm a reasonably intelligent guy, and I try desperately to put myself in the shoes of those with an opposing opinion before completely dismissing their view point. But, I seem to be completely incapable of wrapping my mind around this particular brand of "logic".

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