söndag 21 oktober 2007

Video game addiction

The issue about video game addiction has been a hot potato in media for some time now. The frightening thing about this new addiction is that the victims are often young, sometimes even kids. As with all types of addiction, we often try to find a single solution to a very complex problem. There is a complicated structure of factors and causes behind the scenes of all addicted people. No less amongst those who are addicted to playing video games. When it comes to Massive Multiplayer Online Games, the socializing factor which was missing in traditional video gaming is now also present. The spirit of togetherness offered by playing these games appeal to many of those who we call addicted.
Addiction as we see it is always premised upon the idea that one is an addict when he cannot live a normal life.
Well, what is a normal life then?
Looking at myself for instance, I work a minimum of 8 hours a day in front of a computer. No less than a person considered to be a video game addict would spend in front of his game every day, right?
Well, most of us can easily spot the difference between me being at work 8 hours a day, and a video game addict, spending hours every day in front of his computer.
Or is it more to it?
To speak the truth, aren´t we all addicted to things? I think we are.
Please comment and tell me your definition of an addict.

söndag 7 oktober 2007

The state of the planet

All species will sooner or later come to an end. No ecosystem can hold an infinite number of inhabitants. Somehow we have disregarded the fact that this also applies to humans. We are closing in to 6.7 billion people as I write. When talking about global warming, and the greenhouse effect, the focus is to change our way of living and change our habits to be more environmental friendly. During the time I have been writing this document so far, the world population has increased with 2500 people. The cataclysm is getting closer for each word I write. You may think I am cynic, but stop and think about it for a while. Don´t worry about the shiver that is coming down your spine, I have also had it. It is very intimidating to face the fact that we are all missing something really vital when discussing the global warming. I think we have all seen the infamous x2 curve anticipating the world population of humans. Look at it, do some quick calculation, and think about how we need change our impact on the environment, as individuals, to even level out the damage. Do you see what I mean? If we would really like to save the planet, we would be talking birth control as well! I know that this way of reasoning is very high-risk, since no one really wants to see these simple facts. So, what is my conclusion of all this? Should we give up right away, not caring a bit about what we are doing? Well, let me put it this way. Do you feel better buying ecologically grown vegetables? I know I do. I buy them sometimes. I do not drive my car more than I feel necessary for my daily needs. I also always buy low energy light bulbs for my home. I do these things because I think that it can make a difference in some way. But can it prevent humanity from undergoing a huge disaster with billions of lost lives? No I don´t think so.