The Negative Effects Of Playing Video Games

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In the 21st century the popularity of video games has risen significantly. According to the American Psychological Association (APA) Council on Communications and Media Executive Committee, in the US children and teenagers spend most of their time engaged in various media, including the video games (Brazier, 2016). The vast majority of researches on the effects of the video games emphasize on the harmful impact related to violence, addiction and depression. But despite the commonly spread theories about the negative effects of playing video games, such as referring to video games as the main causes of social isolation and violence or generally considering them as a waste of time, the various research and overview of the existing literature…show more content…
Playing the video games serves as the means of strengthening the ability of an individual to perform various activities, thus it results in better cognitive functioning. According to the psychologists, the skills that can be gained by playing video games, such as constant vigilance, rapid and efficient problem solving, mental flexibility and excellent working memory, are thought to be the basic components of intelligence (Gray, 2015). Similarly, the research by Adam Einchenbaum, Daphne Bavelier and C. Shawn prove the long-lasting positive effects of playing the video games and these positive effects include better perception, attention, memory, decision-making and problem-solving (Gray, 2015). What is more, video games appear to build these essential features of intelligence more rapidly, effectively and efficiently than any other artificial interventions. Researchers at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and colleagues at Paris Descartes University in France proved that playing video games can result in 1.75 times greater chance of high intellectual functioning and better academic…show more content…
Video games have the ability to engage children in various learning experiences and the researches prove, that this type of approach to getting education is significantly more effective for children, because they can provide them with interactive elements and thus, stimulate learning. Apart from that, video gamers often experience novelty and various challenges, which encourage children to learn more (Griffiths, 2002). Video games help children with their basic language skills, math skills and reading skills. Counting scores, video games’ character dialogues, which are printed on the screen and the need give directions, answer questions or have a discussion while playing

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