By Rhonda Ramsey
P.O.V. Contributing Writer
I have heard many things about video games, and I have seen many parents and educators speak of video games as though they should be banned. But I have not heard of an Xbox causing one to become dehydrated. Take a look at this article from content.usatoday.com:
"An Ohio woman has confiscated the Xbox of her 15-year-old son who was hospitalized for dehydration after spending at least four days in his bedroom playing the Modern Warfare 3 video game, WCMH TV reports.
Jesse Rawlins tells the NBC affiliate in Columbus that her son, Tyler Rigsby, emerged from his bedroom Tuesday morning after a marathon round of game-playing, and collapsed three times.
She says he became very pale and his lips turned blue.
"I was very scared. I thought he was going to die," she tells WCMH. "He just fell over three times."
The TV station quotes an emergency physician at a children's hospital as saying dehydration can lead to decreased blood pressure and a lack of adequate oxygen to the brain.
Rawlins, who says Tyler had only left his bedroom to use the bathroom, pick up snacks and take a quick shower, adds that both have learned a lesson the hard way.
She says Tyler was shaken by the ordeal, and didn't complain about his punishment.
"The Xbox is gone," she says."
Is it just me, or is this really sad and confusing at the same time? I feel awful for the mother, having to see her son in this condition. And although I understand that video games are fun and addictive, my first thought was: Dehydration for the sake of a game?
There are things I love to do, like writing, where once I am "in the zone" I hardly get up for drinks or food. I can understand having hobbies. But dehydrated? This is so very dangerous, as the article states: Severe dehydration can cause symptoms such as extreme thirst, lack of sweating, rapid heartbeat and delirium, and it can be life threatening. Dehydration can lead to decreased blood pressure, and a lack of adequate oxygen to the brain.
This article brings several questions to mind. In your household, how much of the Xbox (or whatever gaming system you own) is too much at once?
How do you limit the possibility of an incident like the situation above?
What would you say to parents who have experienced anything close to what has happened in this article?