We have all heard the debate. Gaming has taken the globe by storm for the last decade and right now this really is a part of many of our daily lives. The odd announcement every now and then reporting the strange tendencies of some people not to say the least people committing murders who’re addicted to video games specially of the violent sort, sends countless arms flapping specifically those of parents with young and or teenage children and rightly so.
But are video games in fact that undesirable. I have seen kids at family social functions glued to their Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DS the entire time without so much as looking up to participate in any chats or banters surrounding them. Then there are those comments from close friends about their husbands spending literally all their free time on video games instead of quality time with the family. So, in the first instance, I am ready to go with the notion that video games are bad. They can be bad for you for these reasons:
??Long hours on the video games can isolate you from your family and friends and affect your relationship with your spouse/partner.
??Late night gaming sessions lead to fatigue which consequently affects work/school performance and can lead to depression and self-esteem issues.
??Extended game play may result in neglect of hygiene, good diet/nutrition and lack of exercise.
??It can impede your social and communication skills.
Having said that, there are researches that say video games can help improve children’s hand-eye coordination, improve their analytical skills and help them learn problem solving. Ridiculous as it may sound, playing certain games on Nintendo Wii and the XBox360 can apparently keep us healthy too.
Another argument against the ill-effects of video games is that in this modern day and time, when broadband and internet communications are all the craze if not a necessary skill to have in the very near future, multiplayer games act as a good platform for honing skills in chatting, organising and communicating with players from other parts of the world.
Finally, if it means that after a session of video games we have happier and more cheerful husbands and children because they have managed to chill out with their choice of entertainment, why not. After all, that can’t possibly be worse than being a couch potato in front of the telly.