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To Game or Not to Game?

A recent study showed that there are 5 million households with play stations. Are you one of them? Gaming has grown in popularity immensely over the last few decades. But is this positive or negative on children’s upbringings? The data from scientists supports both claims. Some games can improve the brain and will change children’s attitudes about daily life. Some games can teach things to your child you might not even know and are very helpful in life and in school. Then again, there are some cons to gaming extensively. It can cause one to lose eyesight, socializing abilities, hobbies, friends, and it can also cause obesity. While it can help your child to become smarter, it can also decrease his or her drive to do school work. Hopefully, this article can help you decide whether or not to allow gaming in your household.

Pro: Enhances Intelligence, Reaction Time, and Creativity.

Games have a frequency to show flashbacks of the past. Games that have flashbacks about what happened in real-time can help anybody who is majoring or studying history. It’s a great studying tool and can help cement historical knowledge in children’s minds.

Games can even help improve your child’s learning and creativity.  As a matter of fact, children who play video games are more creative than those who don’t. According to a  study, scientists found that playing video games is linked to greater creativity, regardless of which game is being played. The more kids played video games, the more creative they were in work such as completing projects and story writing. Compare this to the internet, phones, and other technology, which produce no added creativity.

Video games involve certain rules. This means that your child has to think carefully before making any move to ensure that they stay within the required rules of that particular game. The player needs to make split-second decisions that will determine whether or not he or she will advance to the next level.

Pro: Increases Brain Processing 

When playing a game that requires listening, the brain receives two simulations; audial and visual. According to scientists, individuals who play video games frequently can process these stimulators faster than others. Since your child continuously plays games his/her brain is working to interpret these simulations faster than others usually do. If your child likes doing more than one thing at a time then games will provide better multitasking and focusing abilities.

 There are a lot of rules, directions, and options in the midst of the game that your child would have to memorize throughout the whole game. They also need to memorize the buttons on the controller, keyboard, phone, or laptop. In most games, there’s only one chance for you to see and read the directions and orders it gives you. So when it does, it goes to your brain and your brain processes the information. It also forces you to master certain things for a short-term or a long-term time period which ties into improvements in learning ability for children.

 

Con: Increases Potential of Gaming addiction

Enough with the pros; let’s get straight into the cons. Gaming addiction negatively affects eyesight and also result in insomnia. In order to avoid this, I would encourage you to tell your child to avoid being too close to the screen. If he or she sits too close to the screen it can cause him/her to develop myopia. Games will affect your child’s sleeping schedule, so let him or her play for a certain time to prevent a bad sleeping habit. While he/she is playing you want to be aware of mood swings or behavior changes. These changes may cause your child to become anti-social, violent, and may also cause a loss of interest in daily life. 

Con: Increases Potential of Social Replacement

The more he/she does play and gets addicted to the game, the poorer their academic performance may become. Some kids will say “forget school” and lose motivation to do homework or even go to school. Overspending time on gaming will deny the person of learning new things and playing outdoor games. An addict will think of gaming constantly, sacrificing other things that are sometimes more important than gaming. He or she may quit studying or lesson participating in sports which will lead to unhealthiness and depression. If you do notice something wrong with your child talk to him/her or get a therapist to try and help with his/her problem.

 

Throughout what we have seen so far there are many pros and cons to gaming. Gaming improves learning ability, brain speed, and enhances memory. However, it can also lead to gaming addiction that will negatively affect eyesight and may result in insomnia, behavioral and mental changes, lack of other hobbies, and academic performance. These are the pros and cons of gaming, but it is totally up to you as the parent to allow games to be played in your household or not.

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