Pop Culture
Feb 24, 2009, 08:16AM

We knew it all along

Facebook, et al, are infantalizing us. Will somebody think of the children before we all become children! Who will think of us then!

Take a breath.

She also warned against "a much more marked preference for the here-and-now, where the immediacy of an experience trumps any regard for the consequences. After all, whenever you play a computer game, you can always just play it again; everything you do is reversible. The emphasis is on the thrill of the moment, the buzz of rescuing the princess in the game. No care is given for the princess herself, for the content or for any long-term significance, because there is none. This type of activity, a disregard for consequence, can be compared with the thrill of compulsive gambling or compulsive eating.


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