Chapter 5
Video Games.... Dangerous?
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Video games do have an effect on kids/teens.
Many parents worry, no doubt, about the effect video games have on their children. We list the ten most common problems recently investigated by researchers from 2006-present.
  1. An increase in emotional disorder symptoms
  2. An increase in and behavioral disorder symptoms
  3. Declines in verbal memory performance
  4. Somatic complaints
  5. Attention problems such as hyperactivity, ADD or ADHD
  6. Detrimental school performance (as video game usage increases, GPA and SAT scores decrease)
  7. Family interaction problems such as less positive parental relations
  8. Significant reduced amounts of slow-wave (REM) sleep
  9. Modifications in visual selective attention
  10. Playing violent video games is a significant risk factor for later physically aggressive behavior

Video games can cause kids many different things. Violent or innapropriate games such as 'Grand Theft Auto' can cause kids to think differently of people or cause them to want to be like the characters because 'its cool' and its in their favorite game. Kids are very reflective. Video games can aslo give kids social disorders. When kids play video games they may become addicted and isolate themselves from the world to stay inside and play that game.

As quoted from http://www.life123.com/technology/video-games/game-consoles/the-negative-effects-of-video-gaming.shtml

Video Game Violence, Sex And Inappropriate Themes
While video games have become increasingly popular with adults, the majority of gamers are teenagers. This being so, major concerns have arisen about the effects that some games' violent and sexual content may have on young minds. Many of these games have been criticized for treating women in a misogynistic manner. When it comes to violence, shooting games are commonplace, and often the goal of a game involves killing as many "villains" as possible. Parents, pundits and psychiatrists have named these violent games as one of the potential causes of school shootings, including the Columbine massacre of 1999.
Isolation And Anti-Social Tendencies
For many, video games offer a brief escape from reality via immersion in a phony environment. While teenagers may often play games with their friends and family, many opt to play alone a majority of the time. Chronic immersion in these virtual worlds can lead to increased isolation and anti-social behavior, with screen interaction serving as an inadequate substitute for talking to real people. While video games allow for manipulation of characters, they don't require any conversation or constructive listening, and some gamers might lose the ability to cope in situations in which they cannot control the game environment.

Although video game addiction is not recognized officially by the American Medical Association, an increasing number of teenagers and young adults are displaying signs of problem gaming. Like all things that provide a quick fix and a pleasurable escape route, video games can be addictive. Teenagers may become so involved in graphically brilliant games that they avoid sports, hanging out with friends or dating. Additionally, gaming laptops have made it possible to feed the gaming addiction while on the go. Breaking a video gaming addiction requires admitting there's a problem, and recovery may necessitate stopping video game play altogether.

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