World of Warcraft hikes US student drop out rate

World of Warcraft, the online game, is under attack for causing students to drop out, according to The Guardian.

Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Tate said in a speech, 'You might find it alarming that one of the top reasons for college drop-outs in the US is online gaming addiction - such as World of Warcraft - which is played by 11 million individuals worldwide."

Tate jumped on the band wagon after Vince Repesh of the University of Minnesota Duluth, told his local paper that he had seen students with severe academic and personal problems.

He was quoted saying, 'If somebody has a chemical problem, you usually see side-effects from it,' he explains, 'but you can't tell for a long time if someone is just sitting in front of a computer. I have seen straight-A students who go to Fs because they think World of Warcraft is more important.'

At least five students have come to Repesh over the last academic year with serious addictions that were causing academic problems, he claims. Three others admitted they were seeking professional help from a psychologist or counsellor about their need to play.