Daily Mail – Lego products are becoming increasingly violent and are including more and more weapons beginning an arms race, new research has found.
A team from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand found that child’s play was becoming more brutal, with a higher proportion of weapons appearing among Lego’s building bricks and war-like scenarios featuring in its themed kits. …
In a peer-reviewed study published by the online journal PLOS ONE, the researchers concluded that Lego “showed significant exponential increases of violence over time.” …
“Currently, around 40 per cent of all pages contain some type of violence – in particular, scenarios involving shooting and threatening behaviour have increased over the years,” it found.
“The atmosphere of the violent acts is predominantly perceived as exciting.”
Our kids are increasingly playing with toys that they perceive as exciting? Imagine the horror. How are we ever going to survive? This is tearing at the very fabric of our civilization. Our species will descend into madness and chaos. And by the time this latest generation is in charge, the world will be one giant atrocity after another. We’ll destroy ourselves. And the weapon of our destruction will be little, colorful, plastic bricks.
In the time it took me to type that paragraph, I conducted a study of my own. It concluded that the people who conduct studies haven’t the first clue how kids — especially boys — are wired. They needed peer-reviewed research to determine that boys like to play pretend games of war and violence? And they’re blaming Lego for selling them what they want? I could’ve proved their thesis with one trip through our family room cabinet and only charged them a couple of million bucks.
Newsflash, PLOS ONE: Boys like play-violence. It’s encoded in our DNA. There hasn’t been a boy in the history the human race who didn’t take some inane object and pretend it was a weapon. Cro-Magnon toddlers picked up sticks and pretended they were spears. Roman kids used wooden swords to play gladiators. When I was little we played army guys in the woods using hockey sticks as rifles. There has never been a boy yet who, given the choice of balloon animal or a balloon sword, didn’t take the sword option. And if you give a 3-year-old those big toddler Legos and ask him to build a castle, inside of ten minutes he’s going to get bored and fashion a gun out of them. It’s not sociology; it’s nature.
But by all means, conduct your little studies. Blow money on your research. Try to tell boys it’s wrong for them to want to play with “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings,” superhero or cops and robbers Lego sets because it’s turning them violent. But the little plastic weapons in our house never killed anybody. And when you outlaw them, only outlaws will own little plastic weapons. So you’ll have to take the laser gun out from between my cold, dead fingers.
P.S. Now if someone would do a study on the dangers of stepping on Legos in bare feet that your kids left strewn all over the room even though you told them a hundred times to pick them up, I’d be down with that. There’s your real threat.
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