The Effects Of Video Games On Society

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Video Games often receive a lot of bad press; this is because they are so easy to blame for the wrong doings by many individuals; but do video games really negatively impact society?

The rapid development of computer games is having a massive impact on society; the effects can be seen as both positive and negative; one thing is certain- that the impact is greatly increasing as gaming technology improves and games get more immersive/realistic.
Parental Concerns:
The realism of these games are starting to raise questions of whether it is safe for people to be playing them, parents are getting worried about his/her child playing excessive amounts of these games, as gaming brings a whole host of problems to family life. The first problem is gaming addiction- many people believe this is a joke, but gaming addiction is real (however it is yet to be classed as a medical problem) and it is estimated that over 1000 people living in the UK suffer from it(2). “Gaming addiction is the excessive or compulsive use of video games that interferes with a person’s everyday life”.
Symptoms of gaming addiction are as follows:
• Most non- school/work hours are spent on video games
• Insomnia (inability to sleep)
• Lying about video game use
• Being irritable when not playing a video game.
These aren’t just the only symptoms, there are also physical symptoms, and these are:
• Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
• Sleep Disturbances
• Backaches or neck aches
• Headaches
• Dry Eyes
Gaming addiction is a
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