Effects of Restricting the Type and Amount of Video Game Use by Children
Popularity of Video Games
Playing video games has become almost as popular as watching television. The vast majority of school children play video games; they are part of the daily routine of 65% of American households. Video games account for 30% of the US toy market and the annual earnings from video games approaches nine billion dollars, which is more than the gross sales from box office tickets for movies. This amount is 10 times the amount spent on production of children’s educational television programming (Walsh, 1999). Despite the popularity of video games, parents and teachers alike question whether or not this activity has any educational value. …show more content…
Should parents restrict children’s access to video games? Several issues make this a difficult question to answer. Clearly, video games are popular activities and children through Young adults will play video games regardless of whether or not they have therapeutic value. Visual media are attractive to children and there is some evidence that a child’s attention span and hand/eye coordination may improve after playing video games (Parente, 1997). Children are visual learners and the younger the child, the more he or she may be attracted to video games for entertainment. Indeed, playing video games may be one reason why Performance IQ on intelligence tests has increased since the turn of the century whereas the Verbal IQ has not (Flynn, 1998).
Children enjoy video games. There are a great