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6-14-2008 @ 3:49PM
20 hours a week indicates a problem with a game... but not with, say, watching sports? Or TV in general? Or if drinking with friends in a bar? The subtext to 'spending a lot of time on games is bad' is that our free time is very limited. IN fact, this isn't generally true. If it were true we'd not have the time to go out to dinner, have drinks with friends, surf the web, watch TV, garden etc etc etc. Spending 20 hours a week on entertainment isn't indicative of a problem if it doesn't cut into what i think of as life maintenance... cleaning the house, working, cooking, etc. especially if that person also goes out with friends etc. After all, what 20 hours means is that you play WoW in the evening every weeknight for 4 hours. Watching TV for 4 hours is OK... but playing WoW according to the same profile isn't? Oh and as for the science on the study... it's standard statistical techniques. Most of the polls and poll based studies use a very small number of people to characterize a population.
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