Video Games : Addiction Or Benefits?

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Video Games: Addiction or Benefits?
Pavel Klopov
Mr. Laufenberg
April 15, 2016

Abstract To answer the question “Are video games beneficial or it’s an addiction?” two areas of video game research are looked at. First, research about benefits of playing video games. Second, research supporting the idea of video game addiction, followed by research challenging the idea and advising against the addiction label. Overall research is going to be based on mostly scholarly sources, and I will try to prove that video games are more beneficial than a form of sickness or an addiction. Following the exploration of research, there are some recommendations taken from other scholarly articles in the case of individual concern and the possibility of negative effects of video game play.
Video games became a global form of entertainment, education, and sport, over past 40 years. In that time, the possible short and long-term effects of video game playing arose. These concerns were compounded in the wake of school shootings such as those that occurred at Columbine in 1999 and Virginia Tech in 2007, leading to large amounts of research regarding video games and their various effects. Research continues today, seeking to answer the question, “Are video games good or bad?” Scholars from various disciplines, including communication and
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