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Straight Talk for Teens Parents in the dark over son’s gaming

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Lauren Forcella

Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012 8:28 am

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 17, writing about my brother, 16. I believe my parents are allowing him to socially retard himself with video games. If he gets good grades and does his chores, they feel he can spend his time how he likes. How can they be this clueless? He has no social life whatsoever because his attention is glued to these pretend worlds! So many boys waste their lives like this and have no idea how to interact with real people. Hopefully my parents will read this. — Fed up in Toledo, Ohio

Brandon, 20, Mapleton, Maine: Most parents ARE clueless. An astounding number of boys waste their lives on video games. Your brother is actually a step up from the norm if he gets good grades and does chores.

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