Monday, March 19, 2012

Are you frightened about the frighteningly commonplace choking game epidemic? You should be!

Over at When Falls the Coliseum, I posted a piece about the great Choking Game epidemic, which is apparently sweeping the world, or something. A little bit:

Today, Yahoo had a link on their main page to an alarming story about an alarming trend -- actually, it's more like an epidemic! -- of children (who are our future and our most precious resource) asphyxiating themselves in an effort to achieve a "high," to just feel something in this callously dull world. This deadly dangerous activity goes by many names, but the most alarming by far is "The Choking Game," and only the most naive among you don't believe it's already infected your community.
Researchers at The Crime Victims' Institute at Sam Houston State University surveyed 837 students at a Texas university and found that the behavior, which works by cutting off blood flow to the brain in order to induce a high, was frighteningly commonplace:

•16% of students said they'd played the game, and three-quarters more than once
•On average, students first played the game at age 14
•Males were more likely to have played than females
•90% of students who had played the game learned about it from friends, and most students said they first played in a group
16% of a group of 837 students at one Texas University might have choked or hyperventilated themselves at some point in the past. And three-quarters of those might have done it twice!

That is "frighteningly commonplace" (by the way, emphasis added, because, see below)! That's practically everybody!

It turns out that The Choking Game is a crisis that media outlets have been trying to manufacture for some time. With limited success, because today was the first I'd ever heard of it -- now, of course, I'm panicked.

You can read the rest here, if you like.

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