Negative Effects Of Video Games
The bad effects of video games are mostly related to the amount of play and the game content.
1. Aggression in teens:
One of the most detrimental effects of playing violent video games is increased aggression in children. A comprehensive meta-analysis involving more than 100 research papers has shown that exposure to violent video games is a causal risk factor for increased aggressive behavior .
Some researchers have claimed that violent video games can desensitize children to violence, and lower the likelihood of a pro-social behavior.
2. Addiction to gaming:
The term ‘pathological gaming’ or video game addiction is being widely discussed in the medical circles though it is not yet classified as any formal disorder in the US Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
Pathological gamers are likely to develop anxiety, insomnia, social isolation, and depression.
Moreover, these factors are co-morbid in the sense that they can influence each other. Therefore, pathological gaming can result in depression, anxiety, or social phobia and the latter three can make the child more inclined and attracted to gaming.
3. Poor academic performance:
This is one of the side effects of video games on teens. Playing video games for long hours can affect your teen’s performance in school. Studies have shown that a higher amount of time spent in playing onscreen games can be associated with lower academic performance.
A survey has shown that 47% of heavy online players got poor grades, while 23% of light users performed better than them.
4. Adverse effects on health:
Excessive gaming can have an adverse impact on the teen’s health as they spend more time playing virtual games rather than having some physical exercise. This practice increases the risk of childhood obesity. Sometimes, children also skip meals and sleep to play games they are addicted to. The constant glare from the screen can also harm the child’s eyesight in the long run.
You can avoid these negative effects on your children if you keep monitoring their activities.