Video Games Are Not Harmful

Video games aren't as bad as you think

-By Mason Decker

Video games are generally thought of as wastes of time. Parents often tell their children that video games will "melt your brain" and teach children the wrong things. That the games will make their grades plummet. However, studies are beginning to show that they could be wrong. That video games can actually improve a child's brainpower, and make their grades skyrocket. Below are the results of several tests on how video games affect the brain that show that video games aren't as bad as people think.
I think that video games aren't actually the neuron-dissolving digital abominations many people make them out to be. I don't believe that video games are particularly beneficial, but definitely not terrible for us. Several studies prove that video games aren't that damaging, even the violent ones, and could even be beneficial.

CASES IN WHICH VIDEO GAMES HELP PEOPLE...

According to www.natureworldnews. com, video games can "strengthen a range of cognitive skills such as spatial navigation, reasoning, memory and perception."

Strategic video games can later improve their grades and problem solving skills, according to a 2013 study. First person shooter games can help a student think in three dimensions just as well as classes designed to teach the same things could.

"This has critical implications for education and career development, as previous research has established the power of spatial skills for achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics." says Isabela Granic of Radboud University Nijmegen.

...AND THE ONES WHERE THEY DON'T

All right, time for the bad news. While some studies show that video games can benefit children, others show exactly the opposite. According to independent.co.uk, handheld consoles like the Nintendo DS can cause "nintendonitis," which is any "Nintendo-related problems in the thumb, hand and wrist," as well as "Nintendo neck" and "Nintendo elbow."
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Some say that video games will benefit students academically, and others that they are dangerous. Video games can raise your grades, and then keep you from writing correctly for a few weeks because of a broken arm due to Wii Tennis. Video games can improve spacial navigation and problem solving while giving people injuries at the same time.


One thing I found strange while researching this topic is the sheer number of articles supporting both sides, and the legitimacy of their studies. I found that interactive games like Wii Sports tended to injure people more than help them, and first person shooters seemed to be argued over a lot. It is unknown whether or not video games are more beneficial than harmful, or vice versa.

My research tells me that i was right in that video games don't "melt your brain", but using systems like the Wiimote or Kinect can accidentally injure you. Overall, my opinion has not changed much on this issue, but I hope this can serve to disprove some common myths about the danger of video games.