posted on Mar, 10 2010 @ 02:06 PM
Great post. S&F from me.
I recently read about the stages of personal learning network adoption. In other words, the stages we go through whenever we begin something like
video games, Facebook, or even ATS.
Stage 1: Immersion. The person typically immerses himself into the network (games, facebook, ATs). Often accompanied by a feeling of not being able
to leave b/c of fear you will miss something.
Stage 2: Evaluation. Person starts to focus on which networks you really want to spend time on. In other words, what games do I want to play, what
forums on ATS do I want to pursue. Person still in that feeling of urgency and wants to "know it all."
Stage 3: Know it All. Person finds they are spending many hours trying to learn everything possible about the community. Begins to realize this is
an impossibility, feels like they can't disconnect. Spends every waking minute trying to be connected to the point he/she gives up sleep and contact
with others just to be with the gaming community.
Stage 4: Perspective. Person begins to put life into perspective, to prioritize gaming or network with other activities. Usually occurs after being
forced to spend time away from network.
Stage 5: Balance. Learning how to balance game with other areas of life. No longer feels they will miss something important, rather feels able to
handle learning when necessary.
I know those stages were more for online learning communities, but I think they can be applied to gaming as well. I know I've typically gone through
these stages when I get a new game, a new game system, etc. It also fits for ATS.
As for the neurological effects, everything we do in life manipulates the chemicals our body produces. We see it in television, watching movies, even
listening to music. We know this in education, which is why teachers focus on student success. We know that students will get the endorphin rush
that comes with being successful, so we try to set up situations where the students can experience that success.
What I'm not sure about is whether the gaming industry is TRYING to manipulate the chemicals as a conspiracy to dumb down our nation, make us into
robots, or what have you. I rather think its more along the lines of "This type of game earns us the most money."