Video Games and Santa: Public Opinion Research
I am doing research on video games/children. And looking for a public opinion based on a scenario. A overweight 8 year old child who lives in a house that contains a Wii, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, PSP, and a DSi, and a fair size library of games informs you that santa is fake because he didn't the game he wanted for Christmas and all the other gifts, such as arts &crafts and actions figures, he got he didn't like. What is your opinion of the situation? What is the outlook for a child in this situation?
My opinion is that they are spoiled, self-entitled and are addicted to video games. When I was a child, I loved video games (and still do) but I also had many other interests besides video games, such as music (some years I asked for music tapes/CD's, another year I got a keyboard), toys/dolls, art supplies, books, etc. I pretty much loved any gift I received. Kids now a days seem to be addicted to technology...I don't know what's worse, their shortening attention span or their bad attitudes when they don't get what they want. When I was a kid, if I didn't get what I wanted I was disappointed but then I'd focus on what I did have that I liked--It certainly didn't make me renounce the existence of Santa.
The outlook for this child is they are never going to appreciate anything they have and will always be wanting something new, which means as an adult they will be constantly spending money to get the latest gadget or what not.
One of my favorite Christmas gifts as a child was a Nintendo! I can still vividly remember it. My parents would typically balance gifts. I might get a Nintendo game, but I'd get other things, too.
They are so addicting. My mom would typically cut us off after 90 min. or so and tell us to go do something else. Everything in moderation. I'm not sure who conducted original research, but Dr. Amen correlates video games to ADD, depression, and other brain disorders.
Balance is key. I played a lot more video games when I was ten than at 15. And now that I'm 30, I still enjoy them occasionally but probably less than 5 hrs./week. I would ween the child off, rather than cutting anything drastically.
I agree with both of you. Sarah, I do believe that the situation above does point towards a spoiled and self entitled child. I would guess a lack of interest in anything outside of video games. It shows a lack of appreciation,contentment, generosity, gratitude, as well as a lack of many other character traits that must be taught to produce a healthy productive adult. And an outlook for a child, who is missing these traits, isn't a bright future. While it is usual for a child to doubt in Santa when something they have wished for doesn't come is normal, I think it is the lack of acceptance in the missing gift as well as acceptance of the other gifts that is troubling. And, Eelo, I am with you there too. I grew up with Nintendo and still enjoy playing, but playing is rare by choice. Balancing your child's life in all areas is important as well as the character traits. You commented that ween the child off. To do anything else, but ween, would be a disaster. And if the parents recognized the problems, it would be months of work to accomplish it. Thanks for you answers.
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