Why Do Students Prefer Playing Online Games Rather Than Studying ?

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St. Francis School
Sta. Ana Manila
High School Department


In the modern age, computers have become a part of a student’s life. Almost all the things around us were made by computers with the aid of modern machines. From the edited books, design, special effects in movies,

and television etc., were all made by computers.

Along with the evolution of technology, computers continue to upgrade as well until the time that computer has now become a part of student’s everyday life that are hooked to computers.

Computers can now edit documents to your PC, play mini games, search information you need using the internet, save documents to your PC and play online games. It’s like an all-in-one gadget that can do all the things you want anytime you need it.

Based on facts on Wikipedia, from 1990 to the present year, online games had a big impact especially students. A game will become an online game if it involves in using a computer or a series of computers with one player in each computer to battle it out with other players using the internet depending on the game genre.

An online game is a game played over some form of computer network. This almost always means the internet or equivalent technology, but games have always used whatever technology was current: modems before the internet, and hard wired terminals before modems. The expansion of online gaming has reflected the overall expansion of computer networks from small local networks to the internet and the growth of internet access itself.

Online games can range from simple text based games to games incorporating complex graphics and virtual worlds populated by many players simultaneously.

Many online games have associated online communities, making online games a form of social activity beyond single player games. According to Wikipedia, an online game is a game played over some form of computer network. Online games can range from simple text based games incorporating complex graphics and virtual worlds populated by many players simultaneously. (reference: www.wikipedia.com)

Online gaming is also one of the widely used leisure activities by many high school students. Students who are playing these online games said that they are playing these games just for fun, to keep away from the heat of the sun, without knowing that there are a lot of effects of playing these games that are more than what they think.

In this research, the researcher would like to know why the high school students love playing online games. Why the students prefer playing online games rather than focus to their studies.why they even prioritize online games more than their studies? What are the positive effects of online games and negative effects to the high school students and their studies?

Playing online games, according to the book of Illich, Ivan, is beneficial. It enbles the mind of the students playing it to be more active, especially those puzzle-based games. It helps them to come up with decisions in tight situations, especially those adventure games that keep them to be alert active and strategic. Playing these types of games makes the students experienced different feelings because it is as if they are is really the one taking the challenge . (reference: Toward a History of Needs. Paperback Heyday Books, 2005).

But recently, the massive emergence of online games has greatly affected the lives of the high school students. Similar to the addiction like gambling or exercise, online gaming provides emotional escape and relief from high intervals of stress and social interaction. Since high school students continue to actively meet an endless array of deadlines, stress become an innate aspect of high school student life....
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