Jul 6, 2012

Negative effects of video games outweigh positive effects

While there are some positive effects for children playing video games in that it introduces technology to children, they learn to follow instructions, can do problem solving, do simultaneous tasks, learns how to think quickly and learn strategy, the positive effects far outweigh the negative and parents should take note of the following factors:

Negative effects

• According to a scientific study done by Anderson & Bushman 2001, children who play violent video games are more likely to have increased negative feelings and behavior and decreased pro social helping.

• The child lives in an isolated world when he plays and has no interaction with siblings and family and no time for sporting activities or homework.

• In many of the games kids are rewarded for being violent which occurs repeatedly; the child is in control of the violence and experiences the violence as he plays. Many studies have shown that violent video games may be related to aggressive behavior.

• While there are many kids who can leave the violence behind when they are playing, there are also kids who commit violent crimes. Violence and aggression are rewarded. Games can also blur the line between reality and fantasy.

• Kids who play video games continuously also do poorly at school and poor school grades are the result.

• Then there are the health hazards of playing video games such as muscular and skeletal disorders, nerve compression and carpal tunnel syndrome.

• Constant playing by kids who are addicted to video games also present with phobias, depression and anxiety.

• According to a new study published in the February 2012 issue of the Journal of Psychology and Popular Media Culture children who spend too much time playing video games may also be impulsive and have attention problems.

This does not mean that you should stop your child playing video games altogether, but choose the kind of video your child can play and allow only one or two hours a day of playing. Introduce your child to books, sports, kiting, watching good television programs and interacting with family and other kids.


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