In the world we are in today, it is difficult for society to alienate children from video games. They have engraved it in their culture, and they believe it is part of their life. In fact, some children will comfortably use VPN for Xbox and play this game even in countries where it is not allowed. Simply put, computer games form an integral part of the younger generation’s culture.
Some parents frown video games as a waste of time. Worse still, some education experts have claimed that overplaying these games can be addictive, and can easily corrupt the brain.
On the bright side, some studies have revealed that video games have a host of benefits. Some of them include;
Enhances problem solving and logic
When a child plays a video game such as Angry Birds or The Incredible Machine, he/she trains the brain to solve some complex problems and puzzles within a short time. This, in turn, helps in the attainment of problem-solving skills that can be applied later in life.
Aids in planning, resource management, and logistics
Researchers have found that games such as SimCity, Railroad Tycoon, SimCity, just top mention a few helps players learn how to manage limited resources, and decide when to use the resources for good. In fact, it has been proven that people who play SimCity from a tender age are inspired to pursue Urban Planning and management or architecture when they grow up.
When children embed video games in their culture, they learn how to multitask. When virtually building a city, for example, a player knows that an emergency could occur, such as an attack from terrorist; thus they are prepared to attack at any time. This makes him flexible and swiftly change tact when a need arises.
Video games can also teach children perseverance, pattern recognition, inductive reasoning, and hypothesis testing, math and reading skills, situation analysis, accuracy, as well as strategy and anticipation.
Although video games have a range of benefits as mentioned above, they also come with a fair share of cons which include;
Health problems- when a child becomes too occupied with video games, he can skip meals and sleep. In return, he might suffer from various health complications. For example, children who spend more than two hours a day playing video games have high chances of suffering from childhood obesity.
A research done by the University of Texas asserts that addiction to video games can also lead to eyestrain, headaches tunnel syndrome, and backaches in children.
Other notable adverse effects of video game culture in children include;
- Ruined relationships with friends and family members
- Poor performance in school since the mind is preoccupied with video games
The video game culture that has been instilled in modern children thanks to the availability of technology is both good and evil. Ensure that as a parent, you restrict excessive play, and encourage your children to engage in other helpful activities.