By Daniella Wareham

Gaming Pros and Cons: The Bad parts of gaming.

Gaming has often been portrayed as being bad for your health, and to some degree, this is quite true. Most commonly we see that gaming can become addictive, causing you to isolate yourself from reality and spend increasing amounts of time just staring at the computer screen. Not only is long periods of sedentary action bad for the overall health of the person, but the addictive aspects of gaming can lead to numerous unhealthy habits. Some of the more common ones include totally disrupted sleep schedules, poor eating and obesity, as well decreased academic performance. In light of this, I have compiled some rules that I believe gamers should follow when gaming.

  • Gaming sessions should only last an hour.
  • Educating yourself about the potential threats that can come from gaming.
  • Outdoor games can act as cognitive behavioural therapy when you focus your thinking on something more physical.
  • Taking time off to travel and relish beautiful places can prove to be very healthy and soothing to one’s mind and soul

Data from clinics across the United States suggests that 5-10% of children who are engaged in gaming cannot disengage without serious pathological consequences.

Playing Video Games for Too Long Can Kill You. You may think that weight gain is the worst health risk associated with playing video games too often or for too long.

People who play video games spend an average of nearly six hours each week playing. Gamers 18-25 spend the most time, at more than seven hours each week.

  1. China 1,415M
  2. USA 327M
  3. Japan 127M
  4. Republic of Korea 51M
  • 50% of men
  • 48% women
  • 91% of under 16’s play video games

Gaming Pros and Cons: The Bad parts of gaming.

Cognitive benefits, reaction time, filtering information. Seems to be of most benefit to older people who can help sharpen their mental skills, i.e. grandma gamers.

“Video games are controlled training regimens delivered in highly motivating behavioural contexts . . . because behavioural changes arise from brain changes, it is also no surprise that performance improvements are paralleled by enduring physical and functional neurological remodelling” (Bavelier et al., 2011, p. 763).

  • Video gaming can slow down the ageing process
  • Better decision maker
  • Games can help (not hurt) your eyesight
  • can make you less anti-social
  • Gaming can enhance your learning
  • Help improve hand and eye co-ordination
  • Improved focus and attention
  • can treat depression
  • can help you stay fit
  • Blow off some steam
  • Communicate with friends
  • Meet new people over the world
  • Exercise your strategies skills  
  • Enhance your multi-tasking skills
  • Enhance your memory
  • Improves social skills

Gaming Pros and Cons: The Silly.

There are both physical and psychological signs that a person is suffering from gaming addiction. Some of these signs can also be caused by other kinds of stress, so it is important to look at the complete picture in order to determine whether someone has a gaming problem or not. The generally accepted signs of gaming addiction are as follows:

  • Unusual preoccupation with the idea of getting back online to play
  • Self-imposed isolation in order to guarantee uninterrupted play
  • Feelings of irritability and restlessness when not playing games
  • Lying about the amount of time spent gaming
  • Persistent headaches caused by too much screen time
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome caused by excessive use of gaming devices
  • Diminished personal hygiene and poor diet
  • Persistent fatigue due to lack of sleep.

Addictive games

  • Fortnite Battle Royal
  • World of Warcraft
  • Battlefield
  • Farmville
  • Call of Duty
  • Minecraft
  • Angry Birds
  • Solitaire.

Effects of video addiction:

Video game addiction is a compulsive mental health disorder that can cause severe damage in one’s life. It’s common for a video game addict to spend over 10 hours a day gaming, usually well into the night, and many suffer from sleep deprivation. Immersed in their experience, gamers are known to have poor diets consisting mainly of energy drinks full of caffeine and sugar. Many are dehydrated and malnourished. In more severe cases, gaming addicts report agoraphobia – a type of anxiety disorder in which they fear leaving the house – and others identify with hikikomori — a term popularized in Japan as reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life.