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1 Walter Ryan Walter Professor Noschka English 102 24 October 2011 The Effects of Video Games on Children and Teenagers Children and young adults are becoming more and more reliant on technologies. This is shown in South Park’s episode “No God No” where Erik Cartman is becoming so obsessed with getting the video game system Nintendo Wii, that he freezes himself and changes the future. Video game addictions are very real, and may be the cause of diseases and aggression in children and adults as well. Are all video games to blame? What can parents do to protect their children? Is there a real correlation between school shootings and video game addiction? These are all important questions that need to be answered in order to find out if there is a real correlation between aggressive behavior and video game addiction. More so than ever before children are becoming dependent and addicted to video games. Today, children are playing more video games than ever before. Children between the ages of 8-18 years of age are spending an average of 49 minutes per day playing video games. Males between the ages of 8 to 10 years of age are the heaviest users of video games, 73% played for an hour and a half on a typical day. However only a small portion of females with the age range of 8-10 play video games on a regular basis. Video games are becoming a part of everyday life for children throughout the United States, and much of the first world countries today. Of 1254 middle school children surveyed only 6% had not played a video game within the previous six months.
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1 Walter Of those surveyed, there was a noticeable variation in game use between males and females. Typically males said that they played video games between 6 and 7 days a week, whereas females played about 1 day per week. All of the time and effort that is being spent playing video games is starting to show a problem within children. There is a strong correlation between decreasing grades and increasing time being spent playing video games. This will not only have negative effects for children short term, but it will have negative long term effects on children. The longer children are addicted to video games the more likely they will be to experience significant negative effects.
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course POS 210 taught by Professor Simonhy during the Fall '07 term at ASU.

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