Barack Obama: Xbox, PS3 'distract' from education

US President warns against 'information as entertainment'

US President Barack Obama has warned young people not to allow their education to suffer from over-exposure to Xbox 360, PS3 and Apple's iPod.

Speaking to college graduates at Hampton University in South East Virginia earlier today, Obama said that games consoles offered a "distraction" from education - and merely offered "information as entertainment".

Obama was addressing the issue of today's college students facing myriad distractions from their work - which also include blogs and 24/7 news channels.

Obama said he "didn't know how to work" SOny and Microsoft's consoles.

"With iPods and iPads; Xboxes and PlayStations - none of which I know how to work - information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation," he commented.

"All of this is not only putting new pressures on you. It is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy."

Obama has previously raised similar points about games "raising our kids".

It's fairly reasoned, level-headed stuff - but is it true? Any CVG readers reckons games can cause bad grades?

[ SOURCE: Yahoo/Reuters ]