The Addictive Nature Of Mobile Games Essay

2399 Words Mar 15th, 2016 10 Pages
To begin, the continuous advancement in the technological world, specifically the addictive nature of mobile games, has negatively impacted children mentally. A child can become addicted when playing digital games that have no specific goal or motive -- one may call them ‘mindless’ games. For example, Flappy Bird is an app where the user must simply press their finger on their touch-screen device over and over in order to make a bird fly without getting hit. Unlike Sudoku or Trivia Crack which require the use of intellectual skills to play, Flappy Bird has no goal except for one to beat their own previous score. When children are exposed to this kind of entertainment, they may easily lose track of time -- mindlessly playing for hours upon hours. At Stanford University School of Medicine, a team found that, “...areas of the brain responsible for generating feelings of addiction and reward are activated during game play” (Wagner). Children playing Flappy Bird feel a sense of reward each time they beat their previous score. Beating their own record is like getting ‘hits’ of winning. Similar to any other kind of addiction, each ‘hit’ will result in a desire for more and more. The psychological effect of playing these ‘mindless’ games is one that will cause the user to lose sleep, go on technology binges, and ultimately become unproductive and useless for hours at a time. The media research lab at Iowa State University discovered, “...about 8.5 percent of 8-to-18-year-old gamers…

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