Video Games Effect On Children

948 Words Nov 21st, 2015 4 Pages
“Video games are a ubiquitous part of almost all children’s and adolescents’ lives, with 97% playing for at least one hour per day in the United States” (Granic, Lobel and Engels 66). Video games are a big part of life in America and around the world. Technological advances allow for many different devices where video games can be played, so it is not hard for children to get their hands on video games. There is also a wide variety of games, from building games to board games to war games. There is a game out there for everyone. Video games have become a very common activity for children, but at a price. Playing video games is harmful because it can create addiction, desensitize players to violence, and cause depression.
Although playing video games can be harmful, benefits have also been found. Studies have found that playing video games has emotional, social and cognitive benefits (Granic, Lobel and Engels 68). Research has shown that there is a link between playing video games and an increase in positive feelings. Playing video games can be relaxing for children, it can improve their mood and it can ward off feelings of anxiety. (Granic, Lobel and Engels 71). Video games also give children the opportunity to socialize and improve their social skills. Children are no longer sitting at home, alone in their room playing these games. They have friends over to play multiplayer games, or they play with a group, with the help of the Internet. “Social skills are also manifested…
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