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5th-May-2010 07:40 pm
Einstein


Poll #1560781 A bunch of things

Today I heard two parents having an argument about this subject. If you were the parent of a 9 year old boy, would you allow your son to play the video game Grand Theft Auto?

Yes
5(6.0%)
No
62(73.8%)
I can't answer because I know little or nothing about the game
11(13.1%)
Something else (what?)
6(7.1%)

Suppose you and your partner/spouse/significant other/boyfriend/girlfriend/hypothetical partner have an argument. Generally speaking are you more inclined to vocalize your disagreement (e.g. speak with raised voices back and forth) or are you more likely to walk away angry but not saying anything (i.e. the silent treatment)?

Generally speaking, I'm more inclined to vocalize my disagreement
33(39.8%)
Generally speaking I'm more inclined to walk away upset and/or give the silent treatment
17(20.5%)
I'm inconstent, sometimes I yell, sometimes I fume quietly to myself
26(31.3%)
Something else (what?)
7(8.4%)

If someone flirts with your partner/spouse/significant other/boyfriend/girlfriend/hypothetical partner, does it usually make you jealous? (Assume your sweety doesn't reciprocate).

Yes, I get jealous very easily
16(19.5%)
It makes me a little jealous
32(39.0%)
It usually doesn't make me jealous
26(31.7%)
I never get jealous
6(7.3%)
Something else (what?)
2(2.4%)

Are you a flirt?

Yes, big time
9(10.7%)
A little bit
18(21.4%)
Occasionally I am, but not too often
18(21.4%)
I rarely flirt
22(26.2%)
I never flirt
15(17.9%)
Something else (what?)
2(2.4%)

Think of a time when you had an attraction to someone, but they weren't attracted to you. (If this has never happened to you, imagine yourself in this situation.) What did you do?

Accept that the person wasn't attracted to me and moved on
52(61.9%)
I didn't give up, I tried to win that person over (and it worked!)
6(7.1%)
I didn't give up, I tried to win that person over (and it didn't work.)
11(13.1%)
I developed an unhealthy obsession
9(10.7%)
Something else (what?)
6(7.1%)

Once again I'm working out of town in a community with one theatre and 6 screens. I want to see a movie, these are my choices. Which do you recommend me to see?

Gunless
5(6.8%)
A Nightmare on Elm Street
9(12.3%)
The Back-up Plan
1(1.4%)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
5(6.8%)
Date Night
17(23.3%)
Furry Vengeance
0(0.0%)
None of the above
36(49.3%)

Time for a ticky box question. Let's go to the Dairy Queen for one or more Blizzards. Imagine that they have all the great taste but 0 calories so you can have as many as you want. From those listed below, what kind would you like?

Buster Bar
0(0.0%)
Heath
0(0.0%)
M&M
1(1.3%)
Reese's Pieces
1(1.3%)
Snickers
0(0.0%)
Butterfinger
0(0.0%)
French Silk Pie
0(0.0%)
Chocolate Xtreme
0(0.0%)
Turtle Pecan Cluster
0(0.0%)
Georgia Mud Fudge
0(0.0%)
Oreo Cheesequake
1(1.3%)
Cookie Dough
5(6.6%)
Banana Split
0(0.0%)
Banana Cream Pie
0(0.0%)
None of the above, I don't like Blizzards
9(11.8%)
Comments 
6th-May-2010 02:49 am (UTC)
That is so odd! My nephew's 9 yo and I discovered just today that he got Grand Theft Auto recently and has been playing it. I'm kinda on the fence about it, but I'm leaning more toward a no. I think those games can be held off until a child is in his or her teens, at least.

Oh and I'd rec Wimpy Kid, because I thought it was a very cute and funny movie (saw it with the aforementioned nephew). But I also would want to see Freddy.

Edited at 2010-05-06 02:54 am (UTC)
6th-May-2010 03:00 am (UTC)
If the kid insists on playing the game, I want to make damn sure that he knows it's pure fantasy and you can't get away with any of that IRL. If you banned it, chances are he'll play it at his friend's house anyway.

When I am angry, I internalize and bottle up my anger, because I am afraid of being abandoned if I tell someone I am angry at them or show any anger. This usually backfires.
6th-May-2010 03:05 am (UTC)
1. It would depend on the maturity of the child.

2. I tend to remain calm during discussions, I rarely argue and even more rarely get truly angry. Offline, anyway. Online is a bit different.

3. I'm polyamorous. There is no room for jealousy there. In fact, I think only people who don't get jealous (like me) should be poly.


5. I develop healthy obsessions.
6th-May-2010 03:50 am (UTC)
i rarely flirt because i am so awkward.
6th-May-2010 03:58 am (UTC)
I have never had a Blizzard, so I don't know what that is. I think when I was young and went to Dairy Queen, Blizzards weren't invented yet and I wasn't much of a Dairy Queen person when I got older.

Question #2, the argument: My husband and I usually discuss, but we don't yell. Sometimes we will go away angry for a while and then discuss it later. We're not the yelling or throwing things kind of people, but I also can't ever remember a time of either one of us giving the other a full-on silent treatment either.

I would not want my kids to play that game, but I agree with wolfteaparty that he or she would probably play it at a friend's house. BUT...limited exposure is better than excessive exposure, so I probably wouldn't allow it in my house. But then, I did allow other games that were somewhat violent, but in a different way. *g* I don't know. If my kids were young now, I might have a different view.

My husband is a huge flirt--he flirts with everyone (both women and men), but it's a gentle kind of flirting, not overtly sexual. I'm not a jealous kind of person, really, though I've been a little jealous a few times--but not of anyone he's ever flirted with. I think it's the not flirting that can worry me a little more than the flirting.

I don't flirt. I can barely make small talk. I have no clue how to flirt, and I'm not even interested in flirting. I'd be alarmed if anyone tried to flirt with me.

If I were attracted to someone who was not attracted to me, I probably wouldn't know. I doubt it would ever get that far. I was more likely to admire from afar without any expectations. I wouldn't even tell my closest friends. I'm talking back in high school or junior high. My husband was my high school boyfriend. I've been with him since I was 15.
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6th-May-2010 04:08 am (UTC)
In the four years we've been together we've had two arguments. (We've had situations where we disagree, but I'm talking about when both parties just cannot agree on something.) We were definitely vocal, but not yelling. We would never ever yell.
6th-May-2010 04:13 am (UTC)
~Video game: Something else. I'd perhaps only let him play if I was in the room explaining how it was fiction and what would really happen if those events/actions occurred, etc.

~Fighting: I used to yell my point a lot, but lately I've been doing the walking away fuming, so its half and half for me.

~Flirting: Really don't have a remark on those questions. Just that I don't know how to flirt.

~Movie: Diary... just because. Nothing wrong with a relaxing, fun and innocent movie.

~Blizzards: Thanks now I want some freaking ice-cream!
6th-May-2010 10:40 am (UTC)
1. Fuck no. It's illegal to sell that game to anyone under 18 where I am, and I like it that way.

7. Don't have Dairy Queens, have no idea what a Blizzard is like or about any of the flavors.
6th-May-2010 11:45 am (UTC)
The best Blizzard in the history of the universe is a Tagalong Blizzard. Hands down.

Also, I didn't answer #4 b/c I don't watch movies.

Edited at 2010-05-06 11:47 am (UTC)
6th-May-2010 12:06 pm (UTC)
For one it would depend on the kid. If they were the type that if I didn't allow them to play it would make them want to play it more, and would try to sneak it or steal it or go to a friend's house all the time because they were restricted, I think I would probably let them play it. I don't like video games though and I hope I can raise my future children without them (of course I can't control what their interests will be, though).
6th-May-2010 01:29 pm (UTC)
This pertains to the "Are you a flirt?" question. I don't overtly flirt with people, but I am a very friendly, outgoing person and at times that has been misinterpreted as flirtatious behavior. I try to keep it reined in.
6th-May-2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
Why keep it reined it? If you're a nice outgoing person, share it with the world :)
6th-May-2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm still a pretty friendly person. You can't change your basic nature :)
6th-May-2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't let my daughter play that game. If I had a son I wouldn't let him play it either.

I'm not against all violent games, but when it's more realistic violence or horror violence it's a no go for me.

And MINT OREO BLIZZARD FTW!
6th-May-2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
'Think of a time when you had an attraction to someone, but they weren't attracted to you. (If this has never happened to you, imagine yourself in this situation.) What did you do?'

We became friends.
6th-May-2010 02:33 pm (UTC)


I have a 7 year old daughter and a 9 year old daughter. There is no way in hell that I would let them play GTA. It is not a game for kids that young. I am a fan of and play games like 'God of War' and 'Resident Evil' but I don't play them around my children. I limit my children's time in playing video games. Doing their school work and getting outside to play is a bit more important.

As for the comments of some on here saying the kid is probably just going to sneak off to a friend's house to play the game anyway. Do you apply the same logic to drugs, etc? Saying 'Well, I might as well let them do that anyway' is not good parenting. As a parent, you also need to know to some extent who your kids hang out with also. Ask about and meet the other kids' parents and find out who they are and what they allow in their house. I know that when they get older and hit the teens that is going to be harder to keep tabs on them but hopefully by then you have taught them well enough to be able to handle most of the things that come their way.
6th-May-2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
I think it really depends on the 9 year old. If for instance they were like I was an reading adult horror novels at 9 then I would be happy to let them play GTA.
6th-May-2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
"Gunless" has guns in the title, indicating that one person has a gun and the other person (the lead character?) does not, which is a good basis for a potentially awesome plot. Obviously I could be 100% wrong, but that was my logic.
6th-May-2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
What are blizzards?

I don't think I would let a 9 year old play videogames on a handheld anyway and if only half an hour.
6th-May-2010 04:18 pm (UTC)
I'm completely out of date when it comes to new movies so I passed on that, and I don't even know what a blizzard is (ice cream? Drink?) as I'm in the UK, I passed on that too.

I don't flirt 'cos I'm happy with who I'm with, but if someone were to flirt with him, yeah, I'd probably be a bit miffed. Jealous though? Not sure. It's either not happened since we've been together, or I've not noticed!

I know GTA and wouldn't want any young kid to play it. On the other hand, I'm not a mother, so what would I know?

As for arguments - me and he don't argue. At all. Ever.
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