So in class we talked about how video games kept kids indoors and off the streets keeping them safe all while also contributing to a gain in there weight overall. My thought was how do we outweigh the good from bad when it comes to these video games and also who really cares. I guess we could do a good ole fashioned pro’s vs cons list to clarify this issue further and then decide whether we care later for the blogs sake. We will start with the cons and move to the pros from there.
The following are possible cons; exposure to violence, possible links to a limited attention span, loss of interest in other social activities, social isolation, exposure to cyber bullies (also known as trolls without gemmed belly’s), and of course decrease in physical health. In my personal opinion I feel that an exposure to violence is an unavoidable part of life and might even be a good build of strength mentally for our species as long as not too gore induced or exposed at too young an age. I also feel that our entire set of technologies is a test to our attention spans and in a world where multi tasking is king it may even be needed. As for cyber bullying I think for some this can be a bad exposure but only because people need to learn to let things they can’t control within others go. No angry little person should make an impact on your personal bubble so to speak, especially with the knowledge of why you may not act as so yourself. The cons I do agree with would have to be the fact that people can exhibit an addictive behavior to such activities which causes them to incur a loss in all other social realms of life leaving them with a to do list that just gathers dust.
Possible pros; It can improve ones concentration as well as memory function. There are also simulation games like flight simulators that actually do mimic the real thing. It also teaches valuable lessons in perseverance and patients which everyone needs more of. Of course we can’t forget lessons in strategy, accuracy, and quick thinking skills along with situational awareness skills. I have to say as a person who plays games when afforded the time, such as during summer months, I would have to agree with the advantages listed. I feel although not an exercise for the body its like an exercise for the mind definitely.
So as you can tell I am a gaming advocate. I do personally believe that there are more pros that cant be disputed then there are cons that can be. With that being said I do believe that people still need to remain physically and socially active. I may agree with gaming but not with product obsession. Hopefully as more research comes out we will be able to highlight more reasons for gaming as I really need some kind of doctors excuse that would allow me the time to game myself these days. Let me what you think. To game or not to game that is the question.
Blog poster– Tymandra Amburgy
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