Mr. Kamlesh Kumar Yadav
Faculty of Information Technology
Kalinga University, Naya Raipur
Video games are
an easy option of entertainment, which appeals not only to children but also to
teenagers and adults. This is the reason why video games have become the first
choice of most of the children in this time of modern and digital era. In such a
situation, some parents are worried that their child neither studies properly
nor pays attention to eating and drinking in the process of playing video
games. Keeping this in mind, this article is to explain the positive and
negative effects of video games on children. So that we can decide how much
playing video games is right for children.
Video games can have both positive and negative
effects on children. Now whether the effect of video games on children will be
positive or negative can completely depend on the content of the video game and
the time the child plays it. For example, playing video games that are based on
educational facts will have a positive effect on children’s academic
performance. At the same time, violent video games based on fighting will
associate with anxious behavior in children.
So, it is clear that it depends on the choice of the
game whether it will have a good or bad effect on the children. At the same
time, the good and bad effects of playing video games depend on the time given
daily to play any game. So if parents want that video games should not have a
bad effect on their children, then the children should be given only good video
games to play and also fix a fixed time to play them.
effects of Video Games
If the child
chooses a good quality educational video game, then playing video games can
have positive effects on him. There are many effects some of these effects are
quality of vision / Sharpen the eyes
A psychological research suggests that the habit of
playing video games in children can make them creative. There are certain
studies that compared children watching television and children playing driving
video games (such as car racing). This study found that children who played
video games such as driving were more creative than children who watched
television. Playing video games can also increase problem-solving skills in
children. In fact, all the central senses of the brain are stimulated while
playing video games. Especially when the child is playing puzzles games with
different difficulty levels motivates the mind to pass the game by running fast.
This can inculcate problem solving skills in the toughest of situations.
If the child plays a target-based game, that is, a
game in which he has to complete certain steps to win. So, in such a situation,
concentration can be seen in the children. At the same time, such games can
also help in maintaining mental balance.
Playing action video games can not only be fun for a
child, but it can also improve their hearing and visual skills. A research
suggests that playing action video games can increase cognitive behavior. Also,
there are experiences like visuospatial (seeing and understanding things
closely) while playing the game. This experience can promote children’s ability
to see things closely and understand them.
On the other hand, it can be effective in promoting
this synergy to some extent where how quickly a person can see things with the
eyes and perform processes with his hands.
This has been clearly accepted in a research related to video games.
Research has found that even playing video games for just 10 minutes a day can
increase eye-hand coordination. However, how and how much effect it will have
on the child’s mind may depend on the type of video game.
effects of Video Games
There are many
types of video games, due to which children easily get attracted to play them.
Therefore, if the type of video game and the duration of the child’s play is
not taken care of, its negative effects can also be seen. These negative
effects in detail below:
Showing wrong values
Mental Health Problems
to academic performance
Generally, what children see, they can also mold in
their own behavior. Therefore, parents should not allow young children and
adolescents to play violent video games. This is because playing violent video
games can increase the risk of aggressive behavior in children
Video game content can be of various types. Their
purpose is often for entertainment. Because of this, wrong facts can also be
shown in it. In this sense, if risky behavior is shown in video games, such as
smoking, driving with carelessness, then keep the child away from such games.
The reason is that due to playing games with such negative effects, children
can be encouraged to include these habits in themselves, which can also be a
reason for making their behavior aggressive. Playing video games for a long
time can affect a child’s social development. In fact, playing video games can
result in a child spending more time alone. Because of this his social behavior
can be affected.
While playing video games, sitting at one place for
a long time can affect the physical activities of the child to a great extent.
Due to this, his sleeping and eating time can also be affected. Its direct
effect can be seen on the health of the child. Symptoms of irritability and depression
can also be seen in the child. And children with Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) often lack self-control. For this reason, such
children may be at a higher risk of becoming addicted to playing video games
and because of this, the child’s mind may be less engaged in studies. Due to
this, poor performance of the child can be seen in studies. Playing video games
has an effect on the function and structure of the brain, which can increase
the ability to perform mental tasks.
However, when games are played mindfully and in
moderation, they can act as a stress reliever, a boost to mental health, and a
tool for social skill development. Video games are a relatively new kind of
entertainment in themselves. Compared to traditional board games and other
types of entertainment, they are more immersive and engaging. The player
actively adds to the level of satisfaction they derive from this medium, which
increases their level of enthusiasm and willingness to participate in the video
game’s features. Another crucial element in determining the impact of gaming is
the duration of play. While excessive play might have detrimental effects,
moderate gaming can be enjoyable, healthful, and informative.
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