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Comment Re:And... (Score 1) 515

I think the two-marshmallow-kids succeeded because they generally did not waste their time as much (a one-marshmallow kid unable to contain his urge to program would probably also do well).
If it is not intelligence and not necessarily impulse control, then what? Think about the article heading:

Wasting Time Is New Divide in Digital Era

IMO it is so completely dead-on I wonder if the author has realized it.
Any initiative, then, that discourages spending too much time on computer games or tv (e.g. something as simple as time-limit features) should be encouraged if you ask me (you didn't).
Adults who spend time on liquor, gambling, etc. is one thing. But right now very smart people are thinking very hard about how to make products (games, tv-shows etc.) that consume as much of a childs time as possible, and that is what I think is unhealthy, apparently more so for the poor.


Submission + - The Poor Waste Their Time on Digital Entertainment ( 1

polyphydont writes: Children of parents with low social status are less able to resist the temptations of technological entertainment, a fact that impedes their education and adds to the obstacles such children face in obtaining financial comfort later in life. As explained in the article, poor parents and their children often waste both their time and money on heavily marketed entertainment systems. Such families often accumulate PC's, gaming consoles and smart phones, but use them only for nonconstructive activities.

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