Video Games: Innovative or Addictive Entertainment?

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From video gaming to hand-held computers, we have become a nation of addicts to small-screen games, Internet browsing, and email messages. Video games are the fastest growing segment of the entertainment industry with an estimated 50% of Americans playing, both on-line and on consoles in our homes. Some 74% of those players state they would rather play video games than watch television. How is the video age affecting today's youth? While there are advantages to time spent on computers, there are also reasons to be alarmed at what a priority these games and online activities have become. Are they the new release mechanism of our culture, a way for us to play anonymously and endlessly in a virtual world, or are they part and parcel of our growing list of unhealthy addictions? Guest host Diana Nyad discusses our addiction to the newest art form of the 21st century.
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Guest host Diana Nyad, 2002 inductee into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, is a business sports columnist for Marketplace, senior sports correspondent for Fox News, and has hosted her own show on CNBC. She's also the author of three books.

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