Perils of childhood video game addiction

Posted on December 25, 2014 03:19 pm

My uncle who lives in Tasmania is concerned about his 11-year-old son’s interest in playing video games and its attendant health risks. Most of the time he complains that he gets a headache after playing for too long, because it seems to really tire his eyes.He demanded that as an ex addict of video games(your blogger was a nut case) to help his son who spends more time inside his room to balance out the time spent in front of the screen, allowing him to make more friends and lead a more active lifestyle.Uncle revealed how he’s tried to encourage the tween to cycle a bicycle every once in a while, but sadly he doesn’t like. Uncle’s concerns are shared by an alarming number of parents and guardians in an age when children are more likely to spend their free time glued to their tablet computers or mobile gaming devices than playing tag or hide-and-seek that your blogger used to enjoy in 80s and early 90s. Researchers have blamed traditional games’ falling out of favor on the lack of public spaces and facilities where children can play them and Australia is not an exception and playing room that kids have these days is truly limited. In addition, some children are influenced by their parents to think of ancient games as being rather old-fashioned and not interesting.

While video games supposedly help children improve their cognitive skills, the benefits are outweighed by a worrying rash of negative points.Among these is the propensity for children to become more introverted and selfish.Just like during my time in early 1990s most video games also have content of questionable moral standards, which can affect an impressionable young mind.Contador Harrison thinks to an extent some games help boost analytical skills and don’t believe in that crap called social activities that are said to create ability to interact with others. Another serious problem is that children who spent too much time playing video games did not get enough exercise and are prone to a range of health risks such as obesity.It is critical for growing children to interact as much as possible with their peers as they develop.Parents need to think very carefully before giving electronic gadgets to their children, especially about the impact to the child’s mental development, whether it will make them more introverted, antisocial, indolent and focused only on their online friends.There needs to be greater understanding on the part of the parents in picking the games that are suitable for their children considering their age and psychological development, so that there is no negative impact.

Taken in small doses, video games might be beneficial like the development of children’s reflexes, language abilities, confidence and motivation, and may also boost their sense of curiosity. However, many negative effects are just as real, because children who spend more than four hours every day on video games ran a very high risk of becoming obese later in life.In the end, they would become lethargic, which could affect their life, and some could exhibit aggressive behavior if they played too many violent games like it happened with a childhood friend in Collingwood in Melbourne back in late 1980s. Although my uncle is a dinosaur, I acknowledged the concerns but I warned him against rejecting technological advances.He shouldn’t avoid modernization, nor should he be overwhelmed by it.On the plus side, children can become more technologically savvy, but on the downside gamers tend to socialize less and Contador Harrison is a living example that socialization doesn’t work if you grow up gaming or coding. I believe we should accept it, but we should also set up boundaries. My advise to anti-tech Uncle was to take a greater role in the boy’s development and education, including making physical activities fun so exercise did not feel like a chore to the tween.

 

Contador Harrison