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Playstation Nation: Protect Your Child from Video Game Addiction

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When Olivia Bruner saw video games overtaking her young sons' lives, she decided to learn the facts behind addiction. What she found was shocking: that most games are designed to be highly addictive-triggering physiological reactions in the brain similar to those associated with substance abuse-and that one out of five kids becomes addicted to computer and video games. And ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 27th 2006 by Center Street
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Jun 10, 2008 Alexis rated it did not like it
This book is weird. I checked it out from the library because my stepson plays a lot of video games, and I find it odd that he'd rather do that than just about anything else. But about 1/4 of the way through, it becomes clear that the authors are fundies, so I'm really not interested in their theories on raising kids and family life in general.

One part made me laugh though. The author mentions a conversation she had with James Dobson, the Focus on the Family guy. He said he was glad that video
Nov 07, 2012 Kendra rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, issues, illo
I thought the premise of this book was good, but the presentation was poorly executed.

The good: the people who wrote this book are definitely passionate about their children doing the best in life. They have realized that video games were not helping their sons grow into godly men and therefore chose to remove this influence from them. These parents care deeply and want to share that with others. That is obvious as you read through the book.

The mediocre: There are a lot of interviews and quotes
Apr 08, 2010 Lucinda rated it it was amazing
Well, we broke down and bought the Wii game system for Christmas. In just 4 months I saw a transition from the boys playing fun games on it together, to only playing separately so they could unlock characters and levels in their own "files". Because they had to play an entire "cup" to unlock certain things, they were begging to play longer than the allowed time to accomplish their goal. Video gaming quickly became a source of contention in our home and it went from casual fun entertainment to th ...more
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Jun 18, 2012 Brent Barnard rated it really liked it
My wife and I don't play video games, and I haven't played them since racking up a high score on Minesweeper about 10 years ago. However, I'm vaguely aware that there's a big gaming world out there. This book explores this potentially addictive activity and discusses how to speak into teens' lives without necessarily going as far as discouraging them from playing the games altogether (although that option is on the table as well). On the other hand, some friends have told me how they have amazin ...more
Sep 23, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, 2013
This book gives you a lot to consider. We've (my wife and I) decided we agree with much of what the author has to offer. There is some research presented, but I think there's more to be gained from the logical arguments laid out by the author. We've seen unhealthy behaviors in our children that have waned quickly as we've gotten rid of our consoles. If you are reading this book you probably already think your kids are gaming too much--it'll show you where that path can lead. This is a quick read ...more
Jan 28, 2008 Michelle rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for anyone with kids in the home! You may think that video games are innocent fun, but you will be surprised at the research presented and the ramifications that this recreation choice can have on your children, your family and your children's future relationships.
May 20, 2010 Misty rated it really liked it
This book is a quick read, but important for anyone who has a gaming system in their home, or is considering it.

It goes through case studies and examples of children who have become addicted to video games, and why setting limits on these games does not work.
Feb 03, 2011 Marianna rated it liked it
Shelves: parenting
This book is not exactly well-written and the authors approach is from evangelical Christianity, but what they have to say about the impact of games on our children is well worth reading.

Mar 30, 2007 Elena rated it did not like it
poorly written....and I realized about a fifth of the way in that it was a Christian book in disguise....scary.
Christopher Reynolds
Oct 29, 2013 Christopher Reynolds rated it did not like it
Oh the stupidity. ..
Sep 03, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it
I wish I didn't need to read this book, but like so many parents, I have slid down the slippery slope of videogaming, much to my chagrin and my kids' delight. This book was an eye opener into how easy it is to view gaming as innocent entertainment akin to the television we watched or the books we devoured as kids. And for some kids, that is the case. Many kids can take or leave the games and use them to fill in down time, hanging out with friends.

But for some they become the only thing they do
May 28, 2010 Jason rated it it was ok
Hate to be critical, but this book isn’t really what I expected or wanted. The authors are very negative about gaming in general and it just doesn’t seem like you are getting the full picture. I already know that video games can be harmful – that’s why I bought the book! The book may be somewhat helpful if you are on the fence about whether to do something about a kid that plays too much, but there isn’t much detail on what to actually do other than remove the game. Also, the book gets quite foc ...more
Mar 27, 2010 Desiree rated it really liked it
I liked this book, even though I don't totally agree with everything the author's propose. It is definitely an anti- video-gaming book. The only positive thing I could find was a study about how children in the hospital need fewer pain killers when they get engrossed in video games.

Otherwise, they really don't have anything positive to say. Granted, addiction is not good, but I feel that a bit of gaming can be a good thing. It is definitely more interactive than watching television and can teac
Aug 13, 2009 Debcrittenden rated it liked it
I'm trying to get my children off of the tv/video game habit they've got goin' on.

So far all of their case studies are pretty extreme, but I do think it is very convincing as to why our kids shouldn't play video games.
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