Video Games are something we all know, whether you love or hate them they are very popular. Now, most people just play video games as a hobby for fun in their free time, but there comes a point were a hobby becomes an addiction. And that's where video games are most dangerous. When addicted to video games they can have more negative effects then you may think. It stops just being a fun hobby when you start to see effects on the brain and behavior because of these games. “Gaming Disorder” was added to the list of official disorders. The description for Gaming Disorder is when people start to prioritize gaming over things that are necessary like sleep eating and drinking. But there can also be positive effects of gaming. In this article, we will discuss all of these things.
Video games have negative and positive effects. The negative ones start to appear when people get addicted to video games and only think about those games in their life. Some effects of video game addiction include miss judging/reading peoples feelings and actions. “Was that just him getting frustrated at life or at me?” Because of this, it can lead to rash decision making and poor choices. This can lead them into a deeper hole because they may think this makes them a social outcast and they only feel right when playing video games. Different games can have different effects when addicted. On the flipside to this argument, Oxford University conducted a study and they showed that video games do not cause youth aggression on their own. Professor Andrew Przybylski said that “The idea that violent video games drive real-world aggression is a popular one, but it hasn’t tested very well over time” and “Despite the interest in the topic by parents and policy-makers, the research has not demonstrated that there is cause for concern.” This does not mean that video games cant influence this behavior but most of the time if these things are happening it's because of more then one factor. Like you are raised in a safe environment or if your family fights. Those things can more influence youth violence and aggression. Now some video games can have positive effects rather than negative, some games can help reaction times and your Ability to solve puzzles. Games can also vastly help with hand-eye coordination. But for every human video games affect them differently, there are also so many variables it's hard to find any kind of research that will fit everyone.
In conclusion, everyone's story is different. According to Oxford video games are not necessarily harmful on their own. Video game addiction can be dangerous and playing the games for too long can cause social and emotional problems in your life. But it's mainly up to you if you want to play these video games for hours every day. One thing we do have to keep in mind for is people being mean on these video games. People can be very rude and mean when playing video games. So sometimes that is the reason for aggression or being harsh and too quick to assumptions after playing video games. But one thing people don't understand is that every situation on video games are different. People could be angry from their day and take that out on there video games. Because of this sense of randomness, we can really say that video games are or are not harmful. It depends on if you are in a situation where you are being treated with love and if you are happy with your day to day life. It truly is different for everyone. And because of this information on the internet practically contradicts itself with information, then because we have no cookie cutter answer people publish what they thing further swaying the topic into the chaos of the internet. We truly do not have an answer for everyone. Saying that the topic of video games and their effects must be further researched to get an answer for most of the population.
Story by Aidan McCloud
Image found in Oxford University article