Video Games Effects On Teenagers

1716 Words Sep 13th, 2016 7 Pages
“Every age has its storytelling form, and video gaming is a huge part of our culture. You can ignore or embrace video games and imbue them with the best artistic quality. People are enthralled with video games in the same way as other people love the cinema or theatre” (Serkis, n.d.). Video games have shot onto the scene within the past 50 years. With technology advancing as fast as it has today, video games are becoming more and more realistic, as well as inherently more violent. The pressing question of today’s video games is, are they good or bad for the people that play them? Many tests have shown that video games effect the thoughts, social life, school life, and health of teenagers in many different ways. Over the past 15 years there has been increasing concern about how video games are affecting teenagers thoughts and behavior. Because of the increased violence in video games today, some people are wondering if these games are driving young people to a place they should not be going. Also, could these video games potentially become an addiction? Dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is responsible for the feel-good, reward part of the brain occurs naturally in all of us. Andrew, E (2016) stated studies have shown that people who play video games tend to also show a high amount of dopamine release in their brain. This is most likely due to the rewards that are available when playing different video games. These could include leveling up, rising up a rank board or even…
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