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Countering Computer Game Addiction: Step Away from the Screen!
http://www.cso365.com  2006-5-5 17:42:50   来源于上海学生英文报   作者: Sean D'Evelyn
     说到CS、传奇、仙剑,大概无人不晓吧!火爆刺激的内容,虚无缥缈的时空,不受约束的行为……电子游戏使不少青少年成瘾很深。那么,虚拟的世界:是地狱还是天堂?我们的老朋友Sean再次给出了建议: Step Away from the Screen!
  
  Every afternoon hundreds of thousands of youths flood Internet cafes (网吧), switch on a game console (游戏机), or otherwise sit down to involve themselves in intense (强烈的) fantasy worlds. I'm talking about video games; games like Counter Strike, Diablo, Smash Brothers or Halo. These games can be fun and exciting, but we need to watch out for when this pastime becomes an addiction.
 
      Games are not Healthy

  Games are often incredibly (难以置信的) exciting and dramatic, but they generally aren't very intellectual (益智的). We don't learn as much from them as we would simply reading a book, and spending too much time playing them can take away from our study time. We need to remember that we are students first and foremost. Nothing should ever get in the way of proper studying.
 
      Violence in Games

  Video games can also be a bad influence on younger children who may be watching. Many video games are violent and the object in most of them is to kill the other player(s). This does not send the right message to the children who need to be told that violence is not acceptable and need to be taught how to handle situations maturely (成熟地). Even if we do decide ourselves to sit down and play a violent video game, we need to make sure that it is not influencing the younger people around us.
 
      Breaking the Video Game Habit

  Playing a computer game in our spare time is not a bad thing. Games can be a great way to relax after studying, to connect (联系) to our friends, or just to aid (=help) our creativity (创造力). However, games should not become the focus (焦点) of our life. We need to make sure that playing games never interferes with (干涉、妨碍) our studies and that we aren't thinking about them all day. If we ever find ourselves playing them too much, we need to break the addiction. If that happens, we need to step away from the computer or television screen and learn to spend our time more productively (有成果的).
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