The Effects Of Video Games On Children 's Health Essay

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The video game industry was a 21 billion dollar business in 2011, according to consumerist.com. Along with the growing industry, the growing number of concerned parents grows as well. Many parents see the video games as harmful to their children’s health. However, other parents see potential in video games as a path to a better future in their baby’s education. Nonetheless, Anderson’s article is written better than Shaffer’s article due to Anderson’s strong statistical evidence, where Shaffer has no statistics anywhere. Anderson begins with statistics relating to the amount of media violence in the United States. They note that the average time spent per week using some type of media is over forty hours, for youths eight to eighteen. This does not count school or homework-related assignments. Anderson’s article most likely uses these facts to prove that children overuse media, which could be destructive to their health. On the other hand, Shaffer’s article consists of hypothetical studies that show how video games and other forms of media affect people psychologically. For example, the document states “the virtual worlds of games is powerful because they make it possible to develop situated understanding”. They most likely did not use statistics because their topic cannot be measured as easily due to the papers more opinionated approach. Moreover, Shaffer did not have any graphs throughout his paper, most likely because his writing was mainly based upon his own opinion.…

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