Pros of video games

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Pros of video games

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Video games are frowned upon by parents as non-educational and addictive. However, many aren’t aware of the benefits and skills one may take away from gaming.

Video games have the power to introduce a child to computer technology along with the online world. As a young child may watch a T.V show for fun, the benefits from watching include problem-solving and adopting new skills. Video games offer similar results.

Furthermore, challenges must be completed in order to move forward to the next level, thereby building tenacity and resilience in the gamer. Additionally, games allow one to travel freely and explore other worlds; escaping reality for a small time has mental health benefits for those currently burdened by real-life stress.  In temporarily leaving the real world (in which a person may have little to no control), the gamer may find opportunities to learn teamwork, individual skills and problem-solving.

Many will argue that video games influence negative thoughts and take up too much time. These individuals neglect to recognize the positive outcomes. Similar to a puzzle, video games take strategy and educate the minds of children, potentially leading to higher grades due to the logic one develops.

“Many worry that playing video games might have a bad effect on the way their child behaves. For example, if a video game has lots of fighting in it, they worry that playing it will encourage their child to be violent,” said Joanne Orlando, an educational technology researcher, of what she perceives to be a limited perspective.

If watching violent content may encourage children to behave negatively, then why do parents allow their kids to watch T.V., where violence is also portrayed?  Furthermore, many video games do not have violent content. Therefore, it is the job of parents to establish which games their kids play. Once the child grows older and continues to enjoy video games, the parents can open the door to new, mature video games.

Another study by journalist and researcher William Usher, 44% of parents think that video games are bad for their kids, whereas 56% of parents think that video games are a positive thing in their children’s lives. The study concludes that parents are leaning more towards the positive effects that video games have on kids.

Kids should have the chance to develop practical problem-solving skills through video games, embrace themselves and imagine much more than just reality.

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