Video Games are Affecting Children in More Ways Than One!

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More than 150 million Americans play video games, but have you ever wondered about the effect video games have on children’s brains? An article published in the UK Telegraph in 2018 showed that video game addictions are similar to the addictions of drugs or alcohol. The reward system in the brain is the reason for these similarities. Video games such as Fortnite have such an addictive nature that a nine-year-old girl in the U.K. admitted that she was in rehab after being so involved in the game that she wet herself rather than get up to go to the bathroom.

Although it may seem video games are terrible, they still have some good effects, such as making new online friends. When a group of friends is playing a video game together, often one or two friends will take a leadership role. This helps kids develop their leadership skills and will help them down the road in life.

Many video games today have problem-solving portions such as puzzles and other situations that require deeper thinking. For example, in the new Spiderman PS4 exclusive game that was released on September 7, 2018, there are circuit-alignment problems where the player must lead an electrical current from start to finish. Problems like this help kids develop the skills of problem-solving and deeper thinking, as well as visual-spatial skills.

In conclusion, video games can help children in many ways, but when video games become an addiction, they can become very harmful to a child’s well being. The best course of action is to limit the amount of time children play video games. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents limit their children’s playing of video games to no more than two hours a day (Newkidscenter.Com).