Over the years there have been great amounts of debate on how video games are affecting children and teenagers. Addiction to a video game is of great concern especially to parents and educators who feel like video games are mere time wasters and they corrupt the brains. Violent video games have been in recent times blamed for teenage violent and anti-social behavior. The debate on the same is mixed; some researchers point out that video games have a set of benefits for kids. One is that it makes them smarter. Apparently, the argument is that video games have the capability of teaching teenagers and children higher level skills that may be essential in the future. But, just how exactly do video games affect adolescent’s minds?
Playing video games releases the hormone dopamine, a feel-good hormone that has a similar effect to that of synthetic drugs. Researchers postulate that dopamine is released partly because video games are rewarding. For the most part, adolescents are motivated to play video games simply because they gain some form of rewards, either in advancements, gaining trophies, ranking boards and etcetera. Dopamine which makes one feel good is also responsible for addictions. It predisposes the body to cravings in that the more a teen plays the more good they feel and the more addicted they become.
For years researchers have warned that video games may negatively affect children behavior. This is hitched on the fact that children who are allowed to regularly play video games releases stimuli that results in underdevelopment of sections of the brain that were responsible for behavior. However, in recent times, researchers are suggesting that less social individuals utilize video games as a way to escape from the harsh reality of life. In addition, studies also indicate that video games are linked to aggressive behavior in children and teenagers. This is partly because video games contain violence behavior as well as vulgar speech. The increase in aggressive behavior is pegged on the amount of times children spend playing video games.
In other studies, researchers argue that video games significantly correlate to the increasing number of adolescent teenagers. It is obvious that kids spend much time indoors, missing out on physical activities and thus the increase in weight. Moreover, educators are also wary of the impact that video game has on academic of the children. But are videos games necessarily bad?
Necessarily not, video games like other activities in life have a set of its benefits if utilized in moderation. Apparently, there are many positive attributes to playing video games. Proponents argue that video game provides an open world that is beneficial to developing problem-solving skills. Researchers also postulate that video games enhance the visual perception that may particularly help kids with management skills as well as multitasking capabilities. Some studies suggest that playing video games primes the brain to make quick decisions. In fact, the study postulates that video games can be apparently deployed in training surgeons and soldiers. Notably, decisions made when playing video games are no less accurate but players in action video games make correct decisions per unit time. Video games also introduce young ones into the tech world. We cannot forget the social impact of video games. Research highlights that video games can be utilized to enhance bonding between parents and their children while also altogether reducing the time children spend socializing with their peers.
Altogether, research indicates that there are positive and negative attributes to playing video games. In dealing with teenage addiction it is important that get involved while parents set boundaries in the game world and real life.