ESSAY 4 - Clawges Maddy Clawges ENGL1120 ESSAY 4 11/18/2011...

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Clawges Maddy Clawges ENGL1120 ESSAY 4 11/18/2011 Children Are Tuned In Did you know “39% of 2-4-year-olds use a smart phone or tablet, and more than half (52%) of kids ages 5-8 do so” (Eggerton 1)? This statistic should be an “eye opener” to you and other parents whose children are relying on video games as means of play . The recent technology boom has made a lasting impression in our society . As adults rely on cell phones as the best form of communication, children now use video games in the same manner . Many children refer to their gaming systems as their “best friends” and it is the only way they will communicate with other children; this could eventually lead to mental health imbalances . How can people help prevent the harmful effects of video games on children? The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that it is the parents that can stop the progressive epidemic of video game addiction . Parents need to help their children before it is too late . Video games leave a lasting, negative impact on children and distract them from receiving a well-rounded education . Video games cause ADHD and addiction to become more common . Parents can solve this problem and instill order by monitoring their child’s game play and using video games as a reward .
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Clawges Substituting educational video games on a child’s gaming system for the role playing recreational games will also improve a child’s ability to focus and encourage them to want to learn . Lack of focus in the classroom/ poor academic success Let’s begin by talking about the most common symptom of ADHD . Children who play video games show more intense symptoms of ADHD than those that do not . The accurate symptoms of ADHD can be found at the WebMD website . These symptoms include lack of focus, hyperactivity, and memory loss. Students at Brown University carried out a study on how intense these symptoms are . One researcher stated, “Given the potentially negative effects that electronic media could have on academic performance, the added consequences of more time spent on video games may also place these individuals at increased risk for problems at school” (Brown University 4) . This conclusion is proved by the researcher’s test results, which showed a significant association between the children in their study that played video games and overall grade point average . In the study, the more hours a child played video games, the worse their overall grade point average was . Being able to focus in the classroom has become a huge issue in the younger generation . As a parent, you want your child to succeed and earn a well-rounded education . Allowing a child to play video games will slowly deteriorate his or her ability to center their attention on their studies and more than likely lead to poor academic success in the
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Clawges future . This study demonstrates that the symptom of ADHD that involves difficulty to pay attention in the class and complete schoolwork is caused from video game usage
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course ENGL 1120 taught by Professor Cyr during the Fall '08 term at Auburn University.

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ESSAY 4 - Clawges Maddy Clawges ENGL1120 ESSAY 4 11/18/2011...

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