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Old Sep 7th 2013, 4:19 pm
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I am sure all of you would agree with me on this that it is imperative that we take our kids back to the roots of what it used to be like when we were growing up.

I had my first commodore 64 when I was in 5th grade and promptly was given prescription glasses in a few months. And I am pissed off about it even to this day, about the fact that my parents should NOT have given me that computer.

The fact that they did, and it helped me shape my life so much to where I am today is obviously a huge factor as well but I somehow feel that maybe they should have been more strict about how long I was allowed to use it in a day or how close or how far I was allowed to sit.

The article below is a well thought out piece...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3860927.html

p.s. I always had wanted to be a fighter pilot and because of the specs was turned down (we didnt have laser surgery then)
Will I be responsible for dashing any of my kids dreams? I am sure no parent would want that!
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Old Sep 7th 2013, 10:09 pm
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Adding to that :

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23572742
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My kids participate in a University eye study and they every six months they wear a wrist device that monitors activity and the type of light you're doing the activity in. Their eyesight is also tested and photographs of the eye taken. They're using kids with perfect vision and kids who are short sighted. My kids have been doing it for almost two years and no changes in their perfect eyesight or unusual growth discrepancies, despite use of computer and mobile devices.
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Prolonged use of screens does cause eye strain but doesn't cause permanent vision problems. One odd thing that does though is not looking at things at a distance. We need to use our eyes for distance viewing regularly to maintain the ability.
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Originally Posted by Irishbeekeeper View Post
I am sure all of you would agree with me on this that it is imperative that we take our kids back to the roots of what it used to be like when we were growing up.

I had my first commodore 64 when I was in 5th grade and promptly was given prescription glasses in a few months. And I am pissed off about it even to this day, about the fact that my parents should NOT have given me that computer.

The fact that they did, and it helped me shape my life so much to where I am today is obviously a huge factor as well but I somehow feel that maybe they should have been more strict about how long I was allowed to use it in a day or how close or how far I was allowed to sit.

The article below is a well thought out piece...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3860927.html

p.s. I always had wanted to be a fighter pilot and because of the specs was turned down (we didnt have laser surgery then)
Will I be responsible for dashing any of my kids dreams? I am sure no parent would want that!
People who have had laser treatment are banned from being pilots anyway..........
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People who have had laser treatment are banned from being pilots anyway..........
Are you sure? I have two pilot friends who had laser/lasik treatment, and one of them was an army helicopter pilot before leaving to join a commercial airline.
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Originally Posted by Irishbeekeeper View Post
I am sure all of you would agree with me on this that it is imperative that we take our kids back to the roots of what it used to be like when we were growing up.

I had my first commodore 64 when I was in 5th grade and promptly was given prescription glasses in a few months. And I am pissed off about it even to this day, about the fact that my parents should NOT have given me that computer.

The fact that they did, and it helped me shape my life so much to where I am today is obviously a huge factor as well but I somehow feel that maybe they should have been more strict about how long I was allowed to use it in a day or how close or how far I was allowed to sit.

The article below is a well thought out piece...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3860927.html

p.s. I always had wanted to be a fighter pilot and because of the specs was turned down (we didnt have laser surgery then)
Will I be responsible for dashing any of my kids dreams? I am sure no parent would want that!
I doubt that the computer had any effect on your vision, you must have been destined to be short sighted. Especially if it happened after only a few months.
You can unburden yourself of that chip

However studies have clearly linked excessive masturbation and myopia.
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Originally Posted by Irishbeekeeper View Post
I am sure all of you would agree with me on this that it is imperative that we take our kids back to the roots of what it used to be like when we were growing up.

I had my first commodore 64 when I was in 5th grade and promptly was given prescription glasses in a few months. And I am pissed off about it even to this day, about the fact that my parents should NOT have given me that computer.

The fact that they did, and it helped me shape my life so much to where I am today is obviously a huge factor as well but I somehow feel that maybe they should have been more strict about how long I was allowed to use it in a day or how close or how far I was allowed to sit.

The article below is a well thought out piece...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/0...n_3860927.html

p.s. I always had wanted to be a fighter pilot and because of the specs was turned down (we didnt have laser surgery then)
Will I be responsible for dashing any of my kids dreams? I am sure no parent would want that!

I would have thought you'd recognise that you were lucky to have parents who wanted to give you things they thought would make you happy. Additionally, I've heard that computer games actually help develop the skills one needs to be a fighter pilot. I think you can lay off blaming your well-meaning parents for dashing your dreams.
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However studies have clearly linked excessive masturbation and myopia.
Is it worse if the stimulant is online porn?
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Is it worse if the stimulant is online porn?
Not sure mate maybe you should submit yourself to testing for research purposes. Doubtful if he was watching on-line porn on a commodore 64 though.
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Doubtful if he was watching on-line porn on a commodore 64 though.
pixel-porn...magenta overload
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I doubt that the computer had any effect on your vision, you must have been destined to be short sighted. Especially if it happened after only a few months.
You can unburden yourself of that chip

However studies have clearly linked excessive masturbation and myopia.
Well then I should be as blind as Obama and his mates by now
and I dont think it would help my case a lot if I tell you that I suffer from carbuncle tunnel syndrome from excessive video games ( )

But I actually am far-sighted, and mind you those were the days of hooking your computer up with your CRT TV, and then later on we had those mono-chrome monitors. Well admittedly the monochromes weren't that bad but I dont know how much fps the CRT TVs were dishing out or at what hertz they were operating. I am sure too much exposure to them would not be recommended.

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I would have thought you'd recognise that you were lucky to have parents who wanted to give you things they thought would make you happy. Additionally, I've heard that computer games actually help develop the skills one needs to be a fighter pilot. I think you can lay off blaming your well-meaning parents for dashing your dreams.
Ofcourse, I did say that in my OP as well. All I am is because of my parents and I can never thank them enough. Maybe it came across differently to what I was trying to say. I said, I dont want to be someone who later on my son 'might' blame for dashing his dreams. Ofcourse there is that lingering 'chip', as someone aptly put it, but its nothing compared to how lucky I am right now.

Anyway, the point of it all was that in my personal opinion, excessive screen usage needs to stop. Be it a kid, a teen or an adult. The fact that I am sitting behind a screen saying this makes it all redundant now doesn't it
Every time I get in a metro or go to a restaurant, I see the majority, hunched over their screens.


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Not sure mate maybe you should submit yourself to testing for research purposes. Doubtful if he was watching on-line porn on a commodore 64 though.
well there wasnt much to do while waiting for the tape to load, if you know what i mean
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10 INPUT "What is your name: ", U$
20 PRINT "Hello "; U$
30 INPUT "How many times do you want to masturbate: ", N
40 S$ = ""
50 FOR I = 1 TO N
60 S$ = S$ + "Fapp"
70 NEXT I
80 PRINT S$
90 INPUT "Do you want to masturbate some more? ", A$
100 IF LEN(A$) = 0 THEN GOTO 90
110 A$ = LEFT$(A$, 1)
120 IF A$ = "Y" OR A$ = "y" THEN GOTO 30
130 PRINT "Goodbye you wanker "; U$
140 END

The resulting dialog might resemble:

What is your name: Irishbeekeeper
Hello Irishbeekeeper
How many times do you want to masturbate: 7
FappFappFappFappFappFappFapp
Do you want to masturbate some more? yes
How many times do you want to masturbate: 2
FappFapp
Do you want to masturbate some more? No
Goodbye you wanker Irishbeekeeper
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10 INPUT "What is your name: ", U$
20 PRINT "Hello "; U$
30 INPUT "How many times do you want to masturbate: ", N
40 S$ = ""
50 FOR I = 1 TO N
60 S$ = S$ + "Fapp"
70 NEXT I
80 PRINT S$
90 INPUT "Do you want to masturbate some more? ", A$
100 IF LEN(A$) = 0 THEN GOTO 90
110 A$ = LEFT$(A$, 1)
120 IF A$ = "Y" OR A$ = "y" THEN GOTO 30
130 PRINT "Goodbye you wanker "; U$
140 END

The resulting dialog might resemble:

What is your name: Irishbeekeeper
Hello Irishbeekeeper
How many times do you want to masturbate: 7
FappFappFappFappFappFappFapp
Do you want to masturbate some more? yes
How many times do you want to masturbate: 2
FappFapp
Do you want to masturbate some more? No
Goodbye you wanker Irishbeekeeper

as someone being from the hardware side of IT, I have no patience for programming but that was brilliant
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10 INPUT "What is your name: ", U$
20 PRINT "Hello "; U$
30 INPUT "How many times do you want to masturbate: ", N
40 S$ = ""
50 FOR I = 1 TO N
60 S$ = S$ + "Fapp"
70 NEXT I
80 PRINT S$
90 INPUT "Do you want to masturbate some more? ", A$
100 IF LEN(A$) = 0 THEN GOTO 90
110 A$ = LEFT$(A$, 1)
120 IF A$ = "Y" OR A$ = "y" THEN GOTO 30
130 PRINT "Goodbye you wanker "; U$
140 END

The resulting dialog might resemble:

What is your name: Irishbeekeeper
Hello Irishbeekeeper
How many times do you want to masturbate: 7
FappFappFappFappFappFappFapp
Do you want to masturbate some more? yes
How many times do you want to masturbate: 2
FappFapp
Do you want to masturbate some more? No
Goodbye you wanker Irishbeekeeper
oh god I'm old - I remember that stuff. And having to write my own computer games to play them. And saving the code on cassette tapes.
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