Do Video Games Matter?

Do Video Games Matter?

The narrative around video games has always been conflicting. Some people say that video games are violent and others say that they are crucial in improving hand-eye coordination. There are positives and negatives on both sides, but recent findings have been increasingly more positive.

Recently, studies have shown that students are able to improve their learning and life skills. Video games are also responsible for improving executive function, improve basic visual function, as well as social skills. Because of the fast-paced nature of most video games, young people are faced with quick challenges and are therefore forced to use problem-solving skills and executive functioning to get to the next level. Many games also utilize the multiplayer option which improves team building and social skills, especially in the virtual era.

With all of these positives, there are also some negative effects to playing video games. There are some links to concentration issues, increased aggression and possible addiction with video games. Though these are all very serious and important topics to consider when letting your child play video games, they can be minimized and played in moderation with the correct boundaries set in place.

For most young people aged 5-18, parents should put limits on any media. This includes television, smartphone, and video game use. Parents should consider monitoring the age suggestions and make sure that their children’s media usage is not affecting or hindering everyday function. They should also consider placing gaming consoles in common areas, such as the living area, so that their activities can still be monitored.

Video games can also be a great source of bonding between parent and child. Let them choose a game that they like and play with them in order to strengthen a relationship with them on their level. The following types of games can engage your child’s mind and help them socialize:

  • Role-playing games

  • Simple games

  • Multiplayer online games

  • Some shooter games

  • Strategic games

Here is a study on the positive effects of video games.

Here is a Harvard Article on the health effects of too much video games.

If your child is showing sedentary or erratic behavior, it might be time to put a pause on gameplay. However, video games in moderation are a safe way for your child to learn many skills and productive behavior. If problems persist or continue, contact us at (734) 323-4897 or for more information.

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By: Grace O’Neill