Why Videogames Aren’t Just Games Anymore
Have you ever imagined that games like Call of Duty, Minecraft, and Battlefield 4 may actually be beneficial to play? Many people claim that videogames can have negative effects, but recent studies have proven that videogames can actually be beneficial. Early researchers once thought that videogames were harmful, but now many feel that the opposite may be true. Videogames have many positive side effects that outweigh the few negative side effects.
When videogames are played, there is an increase in awareness and sensitivity. This has a positive effect on people, because it allows them to multitask and have better reaction times. It also makes people more aware of what's around them. “Cognitive scientists from the University of Rochester have discovered that playing action videogames trains people to make the right decisions faster. The researchers found that video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them,” (University). When people play fast paced videogames, their eyes are constantly scanning the screen for enemies. This fast paced scanning can relate to real life, because it causes people to be more aware of their surroundings. The opposing view states videogames are a leading cause of addiction in children and teens. Keith Bakker, director of Smith & Jones Addiction Consultants, sees a growing problem among young men and boys. "The more we looked at it, the more we saw [gaming] was taking over the lives of kids," (Feature). This claim may be true, but an easy way to eliminate this problem is to set limits on gaming time. Before video game players sit down to play, it is important to designate a time to end the game. Once a time is set, it is important to follow it. Videogames can be healthy as long as time limits are maintained.
Some types of videogames can also count as exercise. When playing the Wii or using the Xbox Kinect, the player must be physically active to play. “It turns out that playing Dance Dance Revolution in “difficult mode” produced results comparable to taking a high-impact aerobics class: Heart rates jumped to 76 percent of maximum and participants burned calories at a rate of 480 per hour,” (Colino). This shows that some types of videogames can be a great way to get physical activity and exercise. When consoles can play these interactive videogames, they can also play workout videos that have many other types of exercises. Many people claim that video games actually cause obesity in teens and children. According to Drea Christopher, children who spend more than two hours a day in front of a television or videogame console may suffer from childhood obesity,” (Christopher). This may be true, but this study does not take into consideration the lack of activity and diet of the children in the study.
It is also known that videogames slow mental decay and bring out the creativity in people. That’s according to a study from the University of Iowa,...