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Articles tagged with: teenagers

US Supreme Court Rejects Ban On Violent Games

The US Supreme court has recently rejected the 2005 California law that banned the sale or rental of violent video games to anyone under age 18. Now, parents could still purchase these violent games for their children, but any store caught selling the game to a minor could face a fine up to $1,000.

The court ruled against the ban 7-2, in accordance with the free speech rights found in the US constitution. Contrary to some beliefs that violent video games pose a bad influence on young children, the courts upheld that they did not want to filter what children are exposed to and essentially left that duty up to the parents or caretakers of the child.

Doctors Warn About New Condition: Facebook Depression

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a study warning against “Facebook Depression.” The onset of this condition is caused by reading statuses about your friends’ interesting lives, and seeing pictures of them having more fun than you. Facebook depression is most likely to occur in young teens, who are already insecure and envious of peers.

Kids and teenagers have always been comparing one another, but the numerical stats Facebook provides make it easier than ever. You can’t argue with someone who says they have more friends, since the exact number is right there on your profile. Doctors cite this ability to rank someone as a main cause of social networking stress. Another cause is the skewed version of reality present on Facebook, and the way people present themselves that is different from real life.