Advantages and Disadvantages
of online gaming
There is no doubt that online gaming has had and impact on our lives, as it is engaging and often is the main medium of entertainment for us. For a sizeable portion of the population, online gaming has become the principal leisure activity. Although online gaming has its benefits, my belief is that the harmful effects of online gaming outweighs the positive effects.
Online gaming helps in relaxation and improving our minds. Teenagers these days are often under a lot of pressure because of school and family matters and tend to stress over small matters. They need a way to relax which is where online gaming comes in. One example is in A 2010 study at Texas A&M conducted by Associate Professor Dr. Christopher J Ferguson showed that both men and women who play online games long-term to be able to adopt mental skills to handle stress, become less depressed and get less hostile during stressful tasks. Also, they develop better reflexes. Therefore one advantage of online gaming is it helps in relaxation.
However, online gaming affects our health. Online gaming does a lot of damage to us physically and mentally. For example, because most gamers stay seated in the same position for hour on end, the lack of movement causes stiffness and soreness, but could deteriorate into chronic back problems, sleep disturbance are caused, in part, by overstimulation of the brain. However, some people cannot get a good night's sleep simply because they think obsessively about the game they are playing. Someone who plays online games for extended period of time is more prone to migraines because of intense concentration required and the strain put on the eyes. Also, watching the screen for a long time affects our eyesight. Therefore, online gaming affects our health.
Another disadvantage of online gaming is that it is addictive. Being addicted to something causes a lot of negative effects. Some examples are our relationships. We get addicted that we forget to spend time with our family and friends . Also, we tend to push away school work like homework and assignments. We keep on procrastinating and end up not doing it. This affects our academic performance . Last but not least, online gamers who are addicted always skip their meals so that they have more time to play. They starve themselves. Therefore, being addicted to online gaming has a lot of negative impacts.
Having good health is very important and so that one disadvantage alone outweigh its advantage of being a form of relaxation. In conclusion, knowing the advantages and disadvantages of online gaming is important so as to be wary of its effects