Most children don’t enjoy doing their homework and typically like to avoid doing their homework by doing other activities. Playing video games have become one of kid’s favorite ways of getting distracted from their school work, and can end up playing these games for hours at a time. These precious hours that kids are spending playing video games is replacing the time when they are able to study, and ultimately resulting in themstudying much less than they are able to. There has also been a lot of look into the effect that video games have on children’s attention span, which is directly related to
8their ability to learn. A British national newspaper titled The Daily News wrote an article which stated, “The bombardment of the senses with fast-pace action games is said to be causing a shortening of the attention span, thus harming the ability to learn” (Al-Warafy). This explains how video games at times overload children’s senses and attracts their attention to may different sources causing them to have to have trouble focusing on one. This has a large affect on the child’s attention span and has been linked with many cases of attention deficit disorder. With the growing popularity of games that children are able to receive tons of entertainment from, it is not a surprise that many children find themselves playing them from multiple hours everyday. Many children find themselves prioritizing a certain video game above everything else in their life. Most people do not think of excessively playingvideo games as an addiction, but the truth is that it has become a large problem. Video game addicts commonly experience losing sleep, damaging relationships, and a declinein academic performance all due to the need to play video games (“Video” 1). Many game addicts also experience withdrawals when not playing such as irritability (“Video” 1). The National Institute on Media and the Family found that 20 percent of adolescentscan be classified as pathologically dependent on video games (United 1). The article that I read titled “Video Game Addiction Rises” summed up video game addicts very well by describing them as “people trapped in a self-reinforcing behavioral pattern” (“Video” 1). People who are addicted to video games continuously are reinforced by the pleasure and enjoyment that they receive from playing games; this results in creating a dependency to come back and constantly play the game in order to receive that pleasure again.
9In spite of all the violence and negativity coming from the world of video games, there are a few simple solutions to keep children’s video game exposure at an appropriate level. First of all, monitoring what children are playing is an effective way to keep them from playing anything that is inappropriate. Every game has an ESRB rating on the front of the case, and most games have the reasons why it is rated that way listen on the back of the case. The person who is responsible for the child should carefully review what content the game consists of before allowing their children to play the game, this way the parent is fully aware of what the child is being exposed to.
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- Fall '09
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