The Effects of Video Games on Children
Video games have always been under constant scrutiny by parents, doctors, and the media, just like anything in history that has had a profound impact on society, especially on children. Video games became an immediate attraction since the moment they were introduced into the world. The games can allow the player to become any character they could ever dream of, whether the character is from their favorite sport or from their favorite movie. It allows a child’s imagination to stretch far beyond the real world and connect with other players from across the globe who share the same interest, satisfying every fantasy.
Now more than ever, children choose to spend their time alone, inside their house playing games, rather than spending time running around outdoors with their friends. This is where the concerned parents and doctors come into play. Some professionals say that these games could cause damage to a young child’s brain and cause them to become anti-social. Video games can also have a profound effect on a child’s view of the real world, making it difficult for them to evaluate what is real and what is fantasy. They can also become a distraction from responsibilities and waste time that children should be used toward bettering themselves and their education. Some video games can even include extreme violence, sexual content, and obscene language, which has resulted in regulation. On the other hand, video games can sometimes be educational and helpful with developing skills that reach far beyond what they learn in school.
Technology has become key for the survival of our society and there are new technological developments every day. We, especially as Americans, have become almost too reliant on technology. Video games have become a good way to introduce children to our always advancing world, which will make it easier for them to adapt to new electronics faster and more efficiently.
Even though video games can be blamed for violence displayed by children, studies have shown that they could also do the opposite, which is release stress. Instead of releasing stress through other outlets such as drugs or violent outbursts, children can do it in a controlled safe environment under the watch of their parents. (www.scilearn.com)
New technology has allowed children to connect with other players from all over the world. These video games could help teach a child how to brainstorm with other individuals and conquer the game as a team. Games could also bring a family together and help them bond in a fun and entertaining way. It could also benefit a child’s self-esteem as they conquer level after level. (raisesmartkid.com)
The mental skills that a child can develop from a video game that requires a high level of brain power, are different from the ones they develop in school, therefore expanding the brains ability even further. They can become better equipped with abilities such as following instructions, solving problems on-spot and effectively, fine motor skills, memory, planning, multitasking, accuracy, and the list goes on. (www.scilearn.com)
A study done by Dr. Michael Merzenich, a neuroscientist from the University of California, has shown that although there are positive aspects of video games, there are many, maybe even more, negative aspects. He stated that the games can create “Listlessness and discontent in slower-paced and less stimulation academic, work or social environments.” Another study conducted by Argosy University's Minnesota School on Professional Psychology found that video game addicts argue a lot with their teachers, fight a lot with their friends, and score lower grades than others who play video games less often. Negative games have been shown to increase rage, aggressive thoughts and aggressive thinking. In most games the players are rewarded for killing the opponent or stealing/robbing objects, obstructing moral values that parents try so hard to...
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