Effects of Video Games on Youth

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Effects of Video Games on Youth

Technology has been evolving since the days of the cavemen and has become an integral component of our everyday life. Technology has been integrated in education, media, the workplace, and our world runs around the evolution and ever developing fast pace of technology. Modern technology especially effects the youth of today’s day and age, because they have grown up with extremely advanced technology and are completely engrossed by it. The primary concern people have concerning children and technology is the negative effects video games have on their developing mind. Video games may potentially affect children’s attention span, motor skills, computer literacy, and possible cases of violent behavior being linked to violent games. There are negative effects that are related to video games including a possible shortening of children’s attention spans and violent behavior in schools such as bullying or even something drastic like a shooting linked to violent behavior from video games. Positive effects connected to video games include improved hand eye coordination and a much stronger ability when it comes to computers which helps advance their mind’s capabilities when it comes to using technology.

Video game technology has evolved along with the rest of technology. Starting with the Magnavox Odyssey, the first video game console, famous for its game pong, and now the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, and computer games which are in high definition and have games playable with motion sensing controllers. The games have become more real and lifelike and it is very easy to become engrossed with a video game and think it is reality, and is an example of how the world runs, but really it is only meant as an entertainment device and nothing more.

With violent first person shooter and fighting games, kids get introduced to these violent images from a young age which although can’t be proven as a direct link to violent behavior, just the fact that these images and scenes are planted in the mind from such a young age it could possibly have long term negative effects. There are real-life examples where violent video games have negative effects like the case of the Swedish terrorist who went on a shooting spree. He claims he learned how to shoot from playing Call of Duty. Of course this is an extreme example but there are many examples of video games leading to dangerous and violent acts done by teens that shouldn’t have those ideas in their head. `A first-hand example of a positive result of video games is a young adult who spent countless hours playing the computer game World of Warcraft. He then went on to serve in the army and when it came to the shooting tests, he had the highest accuracy of his entire rank. This was due to his superior hand eye coordination from playing video games for so long. There are many scientific experiments that correlate increased hours of playing video games to improved hand eye coordination.

Some studies have shown that video games actually improve a child’s attention because they need to be very focused on the game they are playing especially games that are fast-paced. But a new study published by the American Psychological Association suggests that video games can simultaneously make kids more impulsive and less able to concentrate, or give close attention. This is something that can majorly effect the learning environment, because if a teacher can’t keep the students interested it is much less likely very much learning will get done. (Moynihan, 2012).

Video games have been linked to excessive behavior among adolescents, but also an improvement in a child’s dexterity. A parent needs to make sure a child only takes the positive effects of video games rather than the negative ones. It is very important that a parent regulates which video games their children play and make sure it isn’t leading them down a negative path. There is a long-standing debate regarding...
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