Video Games BY JWOOI 23 Technology has (had) come a long way since the early years of life. The use of technology to humans, is to enhance or improve whatever it may be to have a much quicker advancement or have a better and easy going lifestyle. But in the more recent years, technology has turned for the worst.
Specifically speaking, video games. Video games in its early years were meant for a positive use, much like any other type of game; to simply act as a fun activity to pass time. That is not the case anymore because of how dangerously advanced and addicting video games can be.In fact it’s so dangerous nowadays that countries like South Korea are contemplating whether or not to ban video games.
Why is it dangerous? Video games influence a type of negative social behavior, has a direct correlation to the cause of Insomnia, and is relevant to the increasing obesity rates in America. Playing video games can lead to many negative effects on a person. Video Games influence a type of negative social behavior.
“The effects of videophilia are substantial and include obesity, attention disorders, lack of socialization and poor academic performance” (Video Game Addiction).The person (game player) may lose social skills and qualities depending on the level of video game addiction. Usually, the player is spending so much time on the game that he/ she is neglecting other areas of life. A common sign of video game addiction is constantly talking about the game almost constantly. ” It is more likely to talk down upon a peer after a violent video game session” (Tiret). These types of social skills are not acceptable to continuously practice. The people that talk down on peers because of the violent video game session could go into depression or anxiety ecause of what others say or think about them.
Young Children love playing rated M 18+ games that contain violence and other profound content (Parks). “… the more time children and teens spend playing violent video games the more likely they are to display aggressive behavior” (Tiret). The more violent the game is, the more violent the player will be.
It’s morally wrong to be mean for absolutely no reason towards other human beings. The effects on aggressive behavior can be long lasting (Tiret). A build up in anger is not healthy. If the constant aggression keeps up, the aggressive erson will be ostracized by classmates or friends.Insomnia is easily caused by the lack of sleep, which is a common symptom of a video game addict. “Studies have shown that people deprived of contact with nature were at greater risk of depression and anxiety’ (Wilderness Adventure).
“In a study by Breslau and associates, patients with insomnia were nearly 4 times more likely to suffer major depression than those without insomnia” Oohnston). A depressed person will look at everything negatively and have no motivation to go outside. The erson may even view his/ her life not even worth living.Stress and depression can be caused by a variety of things resulting in insomnia.
Stress may be caused by hours on the computer playing a game without rest. Depression may hit the person, depending on intimacy with the video game, once he/she loses a lot. ” insomnia and its associated daytime sleepiness had significant negative effects on cognitive functioning and impaired their subjects’ ability to perform ordinary tasks” Oohnston). “Excessive Sleepiness has been linked to learning disabilities in children and enerations will become less capable than the ones before which shouldn’t happen.Remembering what you ate for breakfast will be very difficult. “Poor sleep hygiene includes an irregular sleep schedule, stimulating activities before bed…
” (Mayo Clinic). The ‘stimulating activities’ could translate into playing video games before you sleep. The effects of the stimulating activities causes the person to stay awake longer in bed.
Some argue video games can be healthy to a person. One of the biggest positive effects video games can have on a person is the fact that makes people happy. As a result, video games have become an easy scapegoat for numerous violent tendencies and social behaviors.Video games are indeed a scapegoat, but it doesn’t hide the fact that the people who play these games as a scapegoat are neglecting themselves from the real world. These people will not get to experience what it’s really like in the real world. Based on solid scientific evidence, video games may actually fill basic human needs that the real world fails to satisfy (Shapiro).
This applies to people who have social anxieties causing these people to refrain from the outside even more. The people are not completely solving their problems, only temporarily.It is not the game’s fault for these negative effects.
There are millions who play the game and don’t go out and do the negatively portrayed actions on the news. The criminals mention the games’ names and blame the games. Violent games are very influential on a person. “Reality is too complicated to blame playings games, moving pictures, or letters on a page” (Parks). Games are where people get ideas from. Life is commonly sealed into one perception for a person, and curiosity comes from ideas that have ever been heard of before.Addiction of video games can easily lead into obesity which is a dangerous and lethal disease.
Video games create an obstacle for children. “Children today spend an average of 6 hours each day in front of the computer and TV, but less than 4 minutes a day in instructed outdoor play’ (Wilderness Adventure). There is an extreme amount of physical inactivity. The calories are not burned which turn into fat later on. “Getting less than seven hours of sleep a night can cause changes in hormones that increase your appetite” (Mayo Clinic). Less sleep IS a vital cause of obesity.Eating most of your calories at night contributes to weight gain.
“Overweight and obesity are linked to more deaths worldwide than underweight” (WHO). Being overweight and obese brings cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and even some cancers. The obese people are not outside and running which leads into no training for the cardiovascular system. While playing video games, gamers do not pay attention to what they eat which could lead into a massive buildup of diabetes. “More than 40 million children under the ge of five were overweight in 2011” (WHO). 1% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity.
Children who play video games fit into this category. The topic of video games being perceived as a positive thing today is growing out of hand. It’s like spreading a humongous lie to gullible innocents. Affecting social behavior in a negative manner, causing obesity, and developing insomnia are serious matters.
The negative effects of playing video games are severe and the idea of playing video games should not be taken lightly.