Negative Effects Of Video Games On Children

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Video games have been around for quite some time, yet they get a bad rep all of the time. Most consider games to be nothing but violent, negative influences on the player, or more specifically, children. While there may be a few possible negative effects of games, there are also many beneficial ones. Studies have shown that there is not a direct correlation between games and children 's behavior, yet it 's still argues that there is a direct link. Even when a new study shows that videogames have a new negative impact, another study shows a more beneficial one, and vice versa. As one may see, this constant cancellation of studies can prove difficult to find conclusive data. Video games are not all negative, but a combination of both positive …show more content…
One of these potential effects, could be “an increased risk of seizures for those with epilepsy” (Jamies picture). Fortunately, most if not all games are required to put a warning before the game can be played, in hopes that the number of game induced seizures will decrease over time. One difference that is possible between some gamers and non-gamers, is that “gamers tend to have a larger striatum” (Thomas np). By having a larger striatum, the size of the hippocampus is reduced, which can affect the memories of the user. By the hippocampus being less active, the user is more likely to develop disorders such as Alzheimer 's. Though aggression is not a common factor in all gamers, one study resulted in kids that "behaved more aggressively than those who played nonviolent games" (Jacobs np). This particular study may imply that more violent video games can have an effect on certain players, while not affecting others at all. While the positive effects are considered, "negative effects of violent games have been the prime focus on computer games" (Peng 4). Many people don 't even consider that video games can have a positive effect on your mind. Due to this, video games always get a bad name, as most people are just looking for the negative

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