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How Video Games Affect Health
Concerned about the effects of video games on your kids health? Or perhaps
you’re just curious about this stuff or need to research it for a paper.
Below you’ll find the information you’ll need on this topic with
links at the bottom for further reading.
This whole article is about how video games affect people’s health in
general. The general positive and negative effects on health are the main topic
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Positives of Video Games Effects on Health
Let’s start with how video games have positive effects on your health.
The strangest of the positive effects of video games can be seen in the healthcare
sector. People (especially youngsters) who are undergoing painful treatment
for ailments like cancer can use video games to distract themselves from the
pain for extended periods.
Video games have positive psychological effects as well. Certain games that
are used as part of a comprehensive program can further help autistic children
and other children with developmental disorders.
Studies have also shown that playing video games can improve mental faculties,
such as hand-eye coordination. More intelligent games such as strategy and puzzle
games can also improve problem solving, and provide intellectual stimulation
Negatives of Video Games Effects on Health
There is a wide range of reported negative effects of video games on health;
however the actual evidence of games directly causing certain negative effects
is very weak. Other negative effects are usually due to prolonged excessive
play of video games. Parents concerned with the amount of time their children
spend on video games should encourage them to balance the time out with other
activities. Extremely adverse effects such as hallucinations are very rare and
could be caused by other unknown factors.
People who are susceptible to epileptic seizures and photosensitive individuals
could experience seizures when they see rapid flickering or rapid screen changes
happening in the game. The amount of play doesn’t matter much, as people
who are prone to seizures could experience one after even a few minutes of play.
People who live a sedentary lifestyle (poor exercise, rather inactive) and
do mostly sitting activities such as playing video games usually suffer from
some sort of ailment later on in life, such as heart and muscle problems and
obesity. This is usually combined with a poor diet, such as genetically-modified
foods and junk food.
There is also research that suggests that there is a link between violent games
and increased aggression, however the research is rather limited and usually
does not take other variables into account such as upbringing and environmental
Video games have both positive and negative effects on health. The effects
however vary immensely depending on the types of games played and the frequency
of play. Certain adverse effects can be caused by other factors in conjunction
with excessive play of games, but can usually be corrected by living a healthier
lifestyle. The positives of the effects of video games on health also vary depending
on the type of game played and its frequency.
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Written By Damien D