Will gaming breed an army of uneducated idiots?

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Believe it or not, it seems like World of Warcraft is starting to get a heck of a lot more attention from suits than I would have originally thought.

News like this does not do much for the world of videogames but the truth is that it may actually be a scary fact that we all need to accept.

During a speech on telecom policy and regulation that was given to the Practicing Law Institute on the 5th of December, Federal Communications Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate commented on World of Warcraft’s effects on students, saying that:

You might find it alarming that one of the top reasons for college drop-outs in the U.S. is online gaming addiction – such as World of Warcraft – which is played by 11 million individuals worldwide.

[Source: Gamepolitics ]

I have got to be really honest and say that I am so happy that the world of online gaming only really arrived after I had already left college, sure I used to play online with my PC here and there and there were also single player games. The thing is, if I had Xbox Live (substitute for PSN if necessary) back then and played it the way that I play it now, I am almost certain that I would have struggled to hell and gone to get any of my college projects done.

What about you guys? How is gaming effecting your life (good and bad) and do you think that it’s actually going to cause major issues for students? More on the college dropouts as well as technologies affect on our lives, after the jump.

At first, you want to shrug this off and call BS on the whole thing but I think she may really be onto something. She is not the only one either, similar concerns have been brought up by the the University of Minnesota Duluth in the United States.

This makes me wonder, how much less productive are we all due to technology? MSN, Yahoo and Skype all day at work? Games all weekend and in the evenings. Some of the time we spend on gaming is time that we are free to use as we wish but what about those times when you could and should rather be doing something else?

While technology has done wonders to speed up the way that we live, one must wonder how much it is actually been slowing us down.

Last Updated: December 12, 2008

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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