Downsides to Excessive Videogaming in Teens

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Playing video games does have its upsides. It helps us pass the time, it gives us hours and hours of enjoyment, it can help people get more organized, it can help people concentrate, etc. But, like everything in life, too much of something can be devastating for the person doing it. That is why it is always the best to be moderate in everything in your life, video games included. This article will tell you why that is so, and why you should sometimes listen to your mother when she tells you to “get away from that computer”.

teen videogamingThe very first problem comes with the violence. Video games nowadays are full of violence, and not only video games, but or television, as well as movies. It seems as if the people have grown so accustomed with the violence, that they don’t mind seeing it; and some people even want to have more of it. Well, this is where the downside of excessive videogaming kicks in, because it has been proven that the exposure to violence in the video games make teens have trouble from understanding what is good, and what is bad. They have already seen so mush bad stuff, and because they are not fully formed personalities yet, they just can’t tell it that thing they’ve seen is good or bad.

Then, there is the problem of staying in the room all day long playing those games. It is not healthy for a teen to stay locked up for most of the day; and it seems that, if there was no school, they would never leave their room. This limits the contact they have with the real world that is out there, which can make them alienated from other people, and afraid of human interaction.

Another reason why playing video games can be bad is because excessive gaming might… well, it might dumb the teens down a bit. It certainly won’t make them vegetables, but this constant gaming can delay their emotional development, and could make them not able to feel empathy. This is a really big deal, and especially for the teens who should use those years to improve themselves, because those are the years they turn themselves into the people they are going to be for the rest of their lives.

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Also, excessive gaming could make those teens not be able to see the world from their point of view, but will always seek someone else’s. Apart from that, they will never learn to do things by themselves, because they will keep waiting for some instructions, like they get in video games.

Based on all the things we have seen here, no parent should ever let their child spend their entire day playing video games, and not doing anything else. Sure, playing games for some time is fun and great, but excessive playing could turn their children into people they never wanted them to be. However, good news is that it can still be stopped; the parents just need to intervene and explain everything to their children.

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