The Benefits of Video Games

Video games do not have the negative stigma that they once had. Contrary to popular belief among parents and educators, video games can actually be beneficial for children and even adults. Excessive video game play can be addictive and negative. Although, video game play in moderation can be beneficial for a developing mind. Video games now are so realistic and it can be hard to tell if it’s actual animation. The story plots are complex and take a lot of critical thinking skills.

 

Hand and eye coordination is a common concept taught in many lesson plans in preschools. Video games teach this skill while the child is enjoying and immersed in play. Our brain makes complex connections depending on activities we are doing. The more senses you add to an activity, the more neural pathways are created. When a video game player is using a complex controller, cognitively planning movements, and using vision to watch what they’re doing, three important senses are being connected to one activity.

 

In addition to adding neural connections, video game socialization can help children that are shy and have difficulty making friends. Video game companies create complex platforms in which people can interact with other players. Huffington Post has an article that has additional benefits to video games.Your text to link… School can be difficult and video games can be a positive and relaxing outlet. Surprisingly, studies have begun to discover that video games are extremely beneficial therapy for children with developmental disabilities such as autism. These children are learning in a way that they were unable to before these advanced technologies.

 

Lastly, video games are sometimes recommended to elderly patients suffering from beginning stages of dementia. It is a belief that video games keep cognitive functions active and can possibly slow down the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. With that said, playing video games in moderation could significantly help children with hand/eye coordination, neural connections, socialization, developmental delays, and keep an elderly person’s mind functional.

 

 

Canadian Study Shows The Effects of Childhood Video Game Addiction

A study on the negative effects of prolonged video game usage in children was recently released. The study was conducted by Ofir Turel, a professor at Cal State Fullerton, with the help of Katherine Morrison and Anna Romashkin at Ontario’s McMaster Children’s Hospital.

This study tracked the effects of prolonged video game usage on children between the ages of 10-17. 94 Canadian children participated in this study.

Researchers hypothesized that video game addiction caused problems with sleep and weight gain.

While this study showed that video game addiction has no direct correlation to obesity, it does have a direct link to sleep deprivation. Of course, sleep deprivation is a key contributor to obesity. Not getting the right amount of sleep can also cause a great deal of psychophysical problems, including higher insulin resistance and high blood pressure.

Turel noted that video game addiction works in a very similar way to tobacco addiction. People addicted to playing video games will often react with hostility to those who challenge them on their negative habit.

If a child is addicted to video games, intervention from family, friends, and medical professionals is needed.

Unfortunately, we cannot just pull the plug to help children curb their addiction today. Nowadays it’s easy for children to find a video game on any device, and the $100 billion dollar gaming industry ensures a never-ending stream of content. Turel suggests teaching children in school about the dangers of video game addiction may be the first step towards positive change.