Sun madness shocker: “Games ‘are giving kids dementia’”

By Johnny Cullen, Friday, 14 October 2011 09:09 GMT

UK tabloid The Sun has claimed this morning that playing video games can result in “temporary dementia.”

The shocking claim is made to the paper by “top scientist” Baroness Greenfield.

“Screen technologies cause high arousal which in turn activates the brain system’s underlying addiction. This results in the attraction of yet more screen-based activity,” she said to the paper.

Greenfield noted that connections within the brain “can be temporarily disabled by activities with a strong sensory content,” as well as insisting that there was a “need” for children to be “outside, to climb trees and feel the grass under your feet and the sun on your face.”

This is not the first time this year The Sun’s come out with something like this on the gaming front: just after the UK launch of 3DS, the paper claimed that it was “the most returned games console ever” due to dizziness and headaches, something which ex-Nintendo UK comms boss Rob Saunders staunchly denied at the time.

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