Why Do Video Games A Waste Of Time?
When parents observe their child playing video games, it comes off as another mindless distraction similarly to television. Similarly to Eric and Joseph, video games are more than a hobby to many gamers like myself. Video games have the potential to relieve stress and allows gamers to channel their anger. Flemming and Rickwood (2001) connect Sigmund Freud’s theory of catharsis to gaming in their work, “According to catharsis theory, we need to purge or discharge our aggressive feelings and by performing or even witnessing aggression, we can be relieved . . . playing a violent video game could serve as a form of release and therefore would be expected to be followed by reduced aggression.” (p.) Everyone has a way to relieve stress. Some people do yoga, some clean around the house, and some use therapy. A study in 2010 was conducted by Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson that supports the use of violent video games as a stress relieving tool, he says “103 young adults were given a frustration task and then randomized to play no game, a non-violent, a violent game . . . The results suggest that violent games reduce depression and hostile feelings in players through mood management.” (Ferguson 2010) Parents judge video games based on what they see on the screen, not the joy on their child’s face. In fact parents might consider playing video games to bond with their child and relieve stress. However, parents are concerned that video games will do the opposite and promote violent