Students who are addicted to video games have a negative effect on their school work. Video games not only have negative effects but there are also many ways they can affect the brain positively. Negative Effects of Video Games A kid is more likely to be aggressive towards people if he or she were playing Grand Theft Auto or a game that is violent that involves shooting or killing a person (University of Rochester Para. 1). When a kid is playing a violent game it makes them more familiar with hitting, shooting or stealing a car which makes the kid feel like he or she is in a real life situation (University of Rochester Para. . These games can make a person act differently when it comes to real life situations such as a person reacting very emotionally to a cause or being more aggressive. Violent video games like this can influence bad or psychotic behavior for example what happened in Colorado. A kid with orange dyed hair decided to enter a movie theater and kill several people with no intention. Little do people know the reason could be violent video games. Researchers have done an experiment to prove that video games can corrupt a person’s mind: Around 300 gamers were surveyed on how a person would react to real world experiences.
They determined post and pre feelings to the gamers had an inability to master a game and its controls based off the feelings the person is having. They realized that the game not only controlled the persons feelings but also lead the frustration level to a sense of enjoyment in the experience. (University of Rochester) These games have a huge effect on students especially if they are addicted. It could easily change a student’s behavior and their work effort. For instance, students are not motivated to do their homework or study for exams.
When a student does not do their homework they receive lower tests scores which ill give them a lower Grade point average. A students GAP can really affect them in the long run if they are trying to get into a specific college that has certain requirements. Being addicted to video games can cause a student stay up late and not get their recommended hours of sleep a normal student should get. To further demonstrate these effects, students will even start missing classes to make up for the missed hours from previous nights Of gaming. Playing video games can also start to affect one’s health.
For example, the student will spend so much time consumed by the game that hey will not get the recommended amount of daily physical activity (And 522). This can cause weight gain which can affect their health in different ways depending on the individual’s overall health. Lack of physical exercise among video games players, coupled by lack of daily exercises results to fatal health issues such as obesity, overweight, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Different types of games affect the brain differently. It all depends on which types of games a person is playing.
There are games that can have a good influence on the brain and games that have a bad influence on the brain. Games that can affect the brain in a more positive way are the games that do not include aggressive behavior or violence like Mario Carts (Max-Bianca-Ecclesiastical, Para. Scientists in Berlin had adults play Super Mario 64 [sic] over a two month period for thirty minutes a day and the results showed that the grey matter increases. It also increased navigation, memory formation, strategic planning and fine motor skills in the hands (Max-Planck-Shillelagh’s, Para. ). Although there is no adequate scientific prove, there are some researchers which have showed that playing video games reduces sex drive and libido. For example a study that was carried by the Specialist Palpitations site Spectrometric. Co. UK on 1 30 British men established that one in every three men who played games would rather play video games instead of having sex with their partners (Harden Para. 1). Video gaming increases weight which in turn results to sexual performance issues and low libido.
Therefore, there is a closer relationship between video games playing and low sex drive. Positive Effects of Games Not only do video games have a negative effect to the brain but there are also some positives that come out of them. For example, Video games can also increase the brain volume; it is increased by playing games action games that do not include violence. It increases the gray matter which is a layer of the brain known as the cerebral cortex (Max-Planck-Shillelagh’s, Para. 1). Another positive to gaming is that it can improve your visual performance.
Hubert-Hollander, Green, and Believer examined studies and found out that the people who played video games always seemed to outperform people who did not play video games when it came to visual tasks (1 This shows how users can improve hand eye coordination just by simply playing a video game. Other than improving the attention and visual performance, video games playing improve hand and finger coordination. This is because playing video games requires divided attention, habitual playing improves visual attention capabilities and finger coordination because viscous-motor tasks are involved (Hubert-Hollander et al. . L). Another positive effect they have on users is that they reverse negative effects of aging on the brain by improving cognitive control. Cognitive control is helps with the ability to solve tasks, reason, and work memories. University Of California – San Francisco (LACKS) searchers did an experiment involving adults 60 to 85 years old and discovered after 1 2 hours of training on the game they came off as the adults in their ass’s, who had played it for their first time (CUFF Para. 4). The training further improved sustained attention and working memory which are two major cognitive areas.
This is supported by a study carried by Boogies, Michaels, Mervin and Assassins (1) which established that video game training enhances daily functioning in addition to remediation impairments. Based on these results video gaming can be used to provide therapeutic interventions mongo patients with psychiatric disorders. In conclusion, Video games not only have negative effects but there are also many ways they can affect the brain positively. Young people who spend a lot of their time playing violent games affect such people negatively in terms of their thoughts and behavior.
It also affects their GAP results because in most of the time, the student spends time playing games rather than doing assignments or revising. People who do video games develop a closer connection with the game rather than their social surrounding. In this context, they become addicted to the game, which affects their association tit Other people around them. Video games result to health problems such as obesity and overweight because game players spent a lot of their time seated and indoors and hardly participate in outdoor activities such as walking.