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Prolonged gaming & TV sessions giving kids cancer, says tabloid

Tuesday, 8th January 2013 12:14 GMT By Dave Cook

Prolonged exposure to games and TV is inducing cancer in children, according to coverage of a scientific report by British tabloid The Mirror.

Here’s the headline – via CVG

The headline has been written in response to research conducted by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. However, while the opening line states, “children who are hooked on TV, computer games and the web are at a greater risk of getting cancer in later life”, the report in question actually suggests that inactivity related to sitting down in front of TV and monitors in general is the issue, not gaming itself.

It seems as if the gaming angle has – once again – been added in by the publication for shock value. The article does include advice from experts, warning that children should spend no more than two hours in front of a screen of any description, but that the average time spent in front of the telly or gaming devices is currently 5.9 hours.

Elsewhere in the piece, Kate Mendoza, of the World Cancer Research Fund issued cautionary advice, “Children may well get plenty of physical activity at school through sports or playing but if they spend a lot of time sitting down at home they might develop habits which could increase their risk of diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes in the future.”

Professor Mitch Blair from the college then added, “Whether it’s mobile phones, games consoles, TVs or laptops, advances in technology mean children are exposed to screens for longer amounts of time than ever before. We are becoming increasingly concerned that this encourages a more sedentary lifestyle.”

Speaking with CVG, a spokesperson for the college replied to
the tabloid’s linking of games and cancer risk by saying, “That’s not something we’ve been commenting on.”

What’s your take on the actual issue at hand – children being glued to screens of any description, rather than the tabloid sensationalism? Is this something that will increase given how exposed we are to mobile devices, gaming at an increasingly younger age? Let us know what you think below.

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21 Comments

  1. CyberMarco

    This post gave me cancer!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    @1 Haha :D why Spider-Man?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DrDamn

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFfWykH05Gw

    #3 2 years ago
  4. CyberMarco

    @2 Was the first thing that came to my mind… :p

    #4 2 years ago
  5. locus2k1

    So, technically reading a good book every evening could cause cancer.

    That’s right ladies, put 50 shades of grey down, you may have gotten us out of the recession with it but your given yourselves cancer!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @5 By their logic, yes.

    “put 50 shades of grey down, you may have gotten us out of the recession” Did you get that from the Big Fat Quiz of the Year by any chance? They made a joke about it on that :D

    #6 2 years ago
  7. locus2k1

    @Dave yup, I finally got to watch it last night :D It made a better argument then bringing up this year was our wettest summer :)

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Dave Cook

    @7 Hah! :D Yeah it was hilarious. Whitehall and Cordon just looked so hammered.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. freedoms_stain

    It’s only the 8th of January and we already have a candidate for most intentionally misleading newspaper headline of the year.

    No surprises that it comes from a British shit rag like The Mirror.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Dave Cook

    @9 Well said.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Moonwalker1982

    Since when were tabloids relevant? For real!!!

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    @11
    Since people who don’t know any better read them. They may be misleading and often downright wrong, but if people read and believe the drivel then that still makes them very relevant.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Dave Cook

    @11 a lot of people read them and believe in them bud, that’s the sad fact here.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Moonwalker1982

    Not me friend, i honestly don’t even watch the ‘normal’ news on tv anymore. People who read and believe tabloids are just…well….it’s sad yeah.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. Night Hunter

    Well, reading this shit gives you cancer as well. No really, I talked to a doctor yesterday and he confirmed it to me …

    #15 2 years ago
  16. DeyDoDoughDontDeyDough

    “I swallow a brass key every day and I’ve never had cancer.”

    Correlation does not constitute proof. In scientific terms it merely highlights an area into which more thorough testing might be focused. Any reputable scientist will tell you the same; it helps to avoid the kind of superstitious syllogisms I opened with.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Ireland Michael

    The *actual* amount of risk involved: http://xkcd.com/radiation/

    #17 2 years ago
  18. DrDamn

    @17
    Do you know what the comparison between CRT and LCD like? Presumably that’s a pretty old graphic as just CRT is covered (unless I missed it).

    NB: This article is about sitting still to play games/watch TV causing cancer. Not the radiation from the screens. Though as pointed out above they seem to leave those bastard books out of the cancer causing nasties list. Making you sit down and read them … the gits.

    #18 2 years ago
  19. Ireland Michael

    @18 It’s a tabloid article. It has no merit full stop. I just thought the link was an interesting chart regarding the common risks associated with cancer.

    Why are we giving sensationalist journalism attention? That just gives them exactly what they want.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Da Man

    tabloids >> lolcons.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DrDamn

    @19
    Oh yeah it’s a useful chart. I suffer from an over protective mother in law who even used to stand between the TV and the kids when they were babies – just in case!

    #21 2 years ago

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