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Re: Why handheld devices should be banned from kids

Posted 11 March 2014 - 03:15 PM

... the point being?
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Re: Why handheld devices should be banned from kids

Posted 11 March 2014 - 04:17 PM

7 year old brother who I helped raise since I was a teenager. Plenty. She's still an idiot.

Disregarding that, your point is not valid. Of course we were all children, and as a child I surely spent more than 2 hours on a computer and far more than 30 minutes playing 'violent videogames.' I mean heck, Pokemon is animal fighting.

I'm so perpetually handicapped by this fact that I have no student loans, an apartment, a car, a full time job that pays very well, and enough left over to dump close to $1k into 401ks and IRAs. Yeah, it really screwed me something horrible.
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Re: Why handheld devices should be banned from kids

Posted 12 March 2014 - 01:45 AM

Pokemon is a brutal game. We beat up animals and then lock them in a tiny ball. Then we force them to fight each other till one is so exhausted in faints. No sweet mercy of death for these guys, nope. It's just fighting and more fighting...forever...
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Re: Why handheld devices should be banned from kids

Posted 12 March 2014 - 06:54 AM

Are you advocating taking away the big red balls (that spew forth dumb animals to do battle to defeat your close quartered enemy) from children? You monster.
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Re: Why handheld devices should be banned from kids

Posted 12 March 2014 - 07:18 AM

No, of course not. I think we should work on bringing it into the real world.

Capture a sparrow, train it to attack people. It would be awesome!
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Re: Why handheld devices should be banned from kids

Posted 12 March 2014 - 07:33 AM

View Postg-weebens, on 11 March 2014 - 10:05 PM, said:

How many of you posting to this thread actually have children or deal with them on a daily basis?
This does not include those who have a negative attitude towards children: You were once a child yourself, so don't be a jackass.


Don't forget what adults did to us when we were kids. They were always laughing at something we'd screwed up. Either that or beating us for screwing it up. Why can't we laugh at kids these days? Granted, I draw the line at beating the crap out of them.

I have to put up with children on a fairly regular basis, and the best bit of advice I can give is this...

Silence is golden. Duct tape is silver.

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Belgarion, what about these guys?

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Re: Why handheld devices should be banned from kids

Posted 12 March 2014 - 07:33 AM

View Postg-weebens, on 11 March 2014 - 04:05 PM, said:

How many of you posting to this thread actually have children or deal with them on a daily basis?


Me.

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This does not include those who have a negative attitude towards children: You were once a child yourself


Does this mean I'm disqualified now?

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...so don't be a jackass.


Yeah, good luck with THAT shit...
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Re: Why handheld devices should be banned from kids

Posted 12 March 2014 - 07:40 AM

@belgarion262 - Oh, I thought you were advocating rounding up all the poke-nuts into "gyms" to segregate them from the rest of society.
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Re: Why handheld devices should be banned from kids

Posted 12 March 2014 - 07:47 AM

View PostBort, on 12 March 2014 - 02:33 PM, said:

Belgarion, what about these guys?

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View Postmodi123_1, on 12 March 2014 - 02:40 PM, said:

@belgarion262 - Oh, I thought you were advocating rounding up all the poke-nuts into "gyms" to segregate them from the rest of society.



I like both of these ideas. Maybe even a combination of the two!
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Re: Why handheld devices should be banned from kids

Posted 12 March 2014 - 07:54 AM

View Posth4nnib4l, on 12 March 2014 - 10:33 AM, said:

View Postg-weebens, on 11 March 2014 - 04:05 PM, said:

How many of you posting to this thread actually have children or deal with them on a daily basis?


Me.

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This does not include those who have a negative attitude towards children: You were once a child yourself


Does this mean I'm disqualified now?

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...so don't be a jackass.


Yeah, good luck with THAT shit...


This is pretty much the exact response I was about to toss out there.

In fact, the only people I know who have both a positive attitude towards children AND their own children are on anti-depressants. Seriously. Just putting it out there.

My theory is the rest of us live in reality-land where actually having children has taught us that having children sucks ass.
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Re: Why handheld devices should be banned from kids

Posted 12 March 2014 - 08:48 AM

View PostBenignDesign, on 12 March 2014 - 09:54 AM, said:

In fact, the only people I know who have both a positive attitude towards children AND their own children are on anti-depressants. Seriously. Just putting it out there.


I may have to frame that.

As a married adult of a certain age, I often run into the assumption of breeding. The reaction to "nope, didn't want kids" is fascinating. Some people are actually offended. Most seem envious or wistful. Some try to evangelize the joy of children, usually "in spite of it all." It's rarely a convincing argument.

Recent conversation:

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( Kid playing disruptively with something plastic. )
Parent (to me): That's part of the rocket launcher you got him. ( accusingly )
Me: Be happy it wasn't a fucking drum set.
Parent: Language.
Me: Sorry, I don't have kids.
Parent: Lucky bastard.

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Re: Why handheld devices should be banned from kids

Posted 23 March 2014 - 12:47 AM

Media and the world always will try to find something put the blame on
because kids aren't the way their parents want them to be. But guess
what. No kid is as parrents want them to be. Not even parents themselves.
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Re: Why handheld devices should be banned from kids

Posted 23 March 2014 - 08:32 PM

View PostLemur, on 07 March 2014 - 10:58 PM, said:

http://www.huffingto..._b_4899218.html

This is why America is technologically crippled, nonsense like this.

I'm fairly sure people on this board have spent far far more time online than the recommended 2 hours a day for kids 12 to 18, and effectively calling us invalids and developmentally stunted is downright insulting.

As for the poor grades and sleep deprivation, I at least was horribly bored with school and found it pointless, so I took to learning things on my own time which often collided with sleep. In fact it's one of the key reasons why I was able to take off in technology.

File this under Huffington Post again demonstrates their lack of technological knowledge.

What are your thoughts on this one?


I think a lot of people are able to make good use out of technology, but at the same time I see a lot of people blatantly misusing it (at least, according to my standards). I do have a small issue with the internet...

When I was 12-15 when I was on the computer, I was learning how to program for no other reason than because I found it interesting. so I would stay up all night hacking away at the keyboard writing "progz" for aol 3 and 4.

This was before popup ads, and the internet wasn't very commercial at that point, so it was mostly educational material that I found. The best I had was aol im, and eventually "AIM" but it seems with the advent of social media its really possible to just get sucked into a world of endless content and passive living. Social networks have definitely made a lot of people feel more disconnected than they were previous to them (at least according to the people I know). I dont really know how to handle that situation, but I dont think I'd let my children use the internet much until they were about 14-16. I'd let them use computers a lot no doubt, and I'd give them all the resources they need to learn about them and whatever they want to do, but I just think the internet as it is right now isnt very good for developing minds.

I'd really prefer if young kids focused on being social and played outside with each other. As much as I love technology, its just not as important.

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