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Playing games will not give your children rickets

Playing games will not give your children rickets

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Scientists have today not blamed gaming for a rise in cases of rickets among children. However, Metro, one of London’s three free daily newspapers has decided to pretend that they have, sporting the front page headline ‘Gaming leads to surge in rickets’. Reading beyond the lazy headline, we discover that yes the rise (although arguably not quite a ‘surge’) in cases of rickets is a genuine problem, but that scientists have not pinned the blame on gaming at all. And yes, Professor Simon Pearce said, “Kids tend to stay indoors more these days and play on their computers instead of enjoying the fresh air,” but to us that sounds more like ‘Paranoid, over-protective, paedogeddon-fearing parents lead to rickets’. And what fuels that? Yes, you’ve guessed it, lazy, irresponsible, misleading, sensationalist news reporting. Oh, the irony.

Also, Vitamin D deficiency was cited as a major factor by the experts, and that has absolutely nothing to do with videogames. It’s not difficult to understand why the Metro is free, is it?




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