Are video games valid?  – KentWired

Are video games valid? – KentWired

To play or not to play, that is the question.

The increasing popularity and impact of gaming on younger generations has raised concerns among many members of society. Let’s evaluate the pros and cons of gaming and how they affect the social, physical, emotional and mental well-being of gamers around the world.

Gaming is a platform for online communication and socialization.

“Our society suffers from an epidemic of loneliness, and games can be a means of connecting with others,” according to Harvard Health Publishing. Gaming has helped me keep in touch with my friends during school breaks, including during the pandemic.

Conversely, excessive gaming can lead to avoidance of social interactions, which can affect gamers’ social well-being.

The physical health effects of gaming include improved reaction time and coordination, although the risk of physical harm from gaming often outweighs the benefits.

The most important physical disadvantage of gaming is inactivity, which can lead to obesity. Overplaying can also cause wrist, neck and elbow pain. In addition, repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, can occur to cause pain and inflammation. Sleep deprivation is a common side effect of gaming.

One of the most important benefits of games is the opportunity to improve problem-solving skills and apply creativity and imagination. Problem solving is a major aspect of almost any online, team-based video game. Games like Minecraft, Terraria and The Sims encourage imagination and individuality to create unique and extraordinary worlds. In the age of screens and devices, video games are able to use technology to encourage creative thinking and problem solving through enjoyable scenarios.

Conversely, negative online interactions such as cyberbullying are very real problems. It is important for parents and gamers to be aware of the risks of online interaction and take precautions to ensure a safe online experience.

To play or not to play, that is the question. The answer depends on one’s priorities.

There are inherent risks to joining the online world as discussed earlier. Excessive gaming has many potential physical, mental, social and emotional drawbacks that are important to recognize and minimize for those who wish to participate in the world of online gaming.

The word “excessive” is important. In moderation, video games can provide an incredibly enjoyable experience for their players. Games have connected millions of people around the world and continue to help gamers create friendships. Many games challenge the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of their players and inspire creativity and individuality.

If gaming isn’t for you, or the potential negatives outweigh the potential positives, that’s okay! Remember that the gaming world is flexible and customizable; your gaming experience can be whatever you want it to be. If you don’t appreciate the social aspect of gaming and prefer a solitary experience, there are countless single player games that you might enjoy.

I’ve been on both spectrums of gaming. I have played video games excessively to the point where I crossed the line of time I should have spent working on homework, sleeping, or spending time with family and friends. Also, especially after I went to college, I experienced a life without games and wanted to be able to spend some of my free time relaxing while playing video games with my friends.

Gaming should take place during your free time and should not interfere with other aspects of your life. Learning to balance the enjoyable gaming experience with your other priorities will help you get the most out of the fun, relaxing opportunities gaming offers, while minimizing the potential consequences of excessive gaming habits.

Moderation and balance are key. If gaming consumes your life and leads to inactivity and avoidance of social interaction, it is not helpful. But if gaming offers opportunities to enjoy your free time in a fun and relaxing environment, as it often does for me, then gaming is a great choice for you!

Jacob Freshley is an opinion writer. Contact him at [email protected].

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