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And rather than accept the notion that video games are socially isolating, these professionals insist the opposite: that video games have the power to draw people together. Indeed, some studies have found that, rather than leading to social isolation, video game play often enhances a sense of 47 The multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft connects thousands of players, including these two people in a virtual community of elves, knights, and other mythical beings. Games such as this can be extremely addictive.

In most people the prefrontal cortex is still under development past the age of 20. That is why teenagers often act impulsively— their prefrontal cortexes have not yet matured, preventing them from reacting to situations with calmness and reason. Child psychologist David Walsh, the president of the National Institute on Media and the Family, says the manner in which Devin Moore committed three murders indicates that he acted impulsively. Moore had been arrested on suspicion of stealing a car. At the time, he had no criminal record.

S. Representative John Sarbanes of Maryland, whose congressional committee has examined the reasons for childhood obesity: Research . . indicates that these days, the average young person is spending four to five hours a day inside on video games, television and the Internet, and about four minutes a day in what we would say is outdoor, unstructured recreation. We’ve gone from a generation where your mother had to keep calling you in for dinner, to where parents, albeit dependent on the particular environment or neighborhood they’re in, are trying to push their kids more outside, because they seem to be spending all their time on screen time.

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