Video Games—A must ignore or must love? [Teen Article]

Gokce is a 17-year-old girl from New Jersey. She enjoys painting, traveling, and hopes to become an ardent journalist.
Video Games- a must ignore or must love?
Look at our economy—it’s going in a downward spiral. It is utterly impossible to find a good paying job. Many of the companies are in deep trouble. But video game sales are booming! Video game companies are expanding worldwide and making more money than ever before. And the reason? These games are addicting. Adults, teens, and especially little kids are devoting all of their time to video games. It has certainly become a pandemic—worse than the swine flu.

Video games are detrimental to human health. I’m not making this up! When I think of video games, I envision blood, violence, drugs, and sex. These are certainly not the things kids should be exposed to at an early age. Sure, the games give the players power and sovereignty; but they also present them with weaponry and with that, the ability to destroy human lives. The video games trigger aggressive behavior in children. Their innocent minds are destroyed with scenes of war and hostility.

Some people disagree, exclaiming that video games increase a child’s manual dexterity and computer literacy. That’s true. However, those are the only positive attributes. Video games might boost computer literacy but it lessens brain development. Kids who play video games most of their time tend to be socially isolated. They daydream and cannot concentrate on school work.

I have a nine year old brother. On his birthday, I gave him two options—A: PSP or B: Soccer Ball. Then I sat him down and gave him two sides of the story—the good and the bad about video games. He chose letter B. The boys his age are walking around with Nintendo and PSP, talking about Mario and Man Hunt. But he still chose B. When I asked him why, he merely said that he’d rather play soccer. That’s what it’s all about. Giving kids an option and telling them the truth. Instead of yelling, “You cannot play video games!” try approaching it in a different angle because kids are more prone to try out things their parents don’t want them to do.

Should you worry about video games? The answer is YES. But have faith in your children. Trust them with all you heart. Show them that you trust them. They need to be able to make their own decisions. But, you need to be there for guidance and support.

Bibliography

Norcia, Andrea. “The Impact of Video Games on Children.” Palo Alto Medical Foundation. 2008. 10 July 2009 <http://www.pamf.org/preteen/parents/videogames.html>.

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