Video Game’s effect on growing children’s minds
In the past 30 years, video games have had a major impact on how people spend their leisure time. The first generation of video games were nothing more than simple geometric shapes, one or more of which could be controlled by the game player. Each generation of games always uses the newest technologies available, leading to more impressive graphics and realism. Along with these new technologies come more realistic violent acts and situations. Also with each new generation of video games, people are spending more time and money on them. Video games are considered to offer negative effects on growing children all the time. This is just because of video game addictiveness especially in terms of violent battle and fighting games. Most of the parents and media have claims that these games deteriorate a children’s brain and encourage violence. However, several psychologists, scientists and child specialists think that these video games are in fact advantageous for growing children. They say by playing these games children are able to develop their essential skills that help in becoming to represent themselves in a smarter way.
An article in the Daily telegraph1 explained how damaging video games can be on a child’s brain where. The former director of the Royal institution, Baroness Greenfield revealed that the average child will spend almost 2,000 hours in front of a screen between their tenth and eleventh birthdays, she added. When put in perspective this is around 5.4 hours per day. She also stated that playing too many computer games could cause a shorter attention span and more reckless behaviour in children.
However, in a different study, The University of Toronto study2 discovered people who play action video games such as Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed seem to learn a new sensorimotor skill more quickly than non-gamers do. A research experiment was set up where 18 gamers who played shooting/action games at…