Are Video Games Beneficial To Society

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Video games and other interactions with technology can have both beneficial and detrimental effects on the lives of their users. The question now is, are video games really as bad as some our society some claim, or do they have good benefits for society. To these questions my answer is yes and yes.
As mentioned above some video games have many beneficial health benefits. As such, we can, and in some cases should use them. The ways in which games can relieve symptoms from accidents, assist in therapy, etc. should be utilized. Just as alcohol and many drugs are useful in our health, so as a society we should utilize video games.
In addition using video games for pleasure is fine for society as well – in controlled amounts. They are a way in which we can relieve ourselves from the stress of this busy world. Besides all the
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As mentioned previously, there are many good consequences to video games. However as with all things, too much of even the good video games is too much. How much is too much? I say too much is when parents let their four year old play an electronic game instead of exploring the world around them and learning the consequences of real life. Too much is when high school students have a sleep over to play Call of Duty and rarely to play an outside sport or board game. Video games, the constant updates and variety and the ease of access has have made our culture one that is always wanting more, living in a world of fantasy and imagination, where consequences don’t actually happen.
Studies have showed that video games affect how we think about moral situations, both for good or for better. In one study in Germany considered students who played different types of video games. Those who played violent video games showed an increase in aggressive and violent thoughts. However, those children that played games where the goal was to protect others from danger, they showed an increase in non-aggressive

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