I don’t have a problem with video games in general. I think that video games can open the mind to a style of creativity, and it’s a fun way to pass the time, but I think there is a point where people play them too much.
Research from the NPD Group, an organization that tracks consumer spending, shows that 91 percent of U. S. children ages 2-17 play video games (64 million). That seems like a lot—because it is. Video games have become something that we do in our daily lives, and children aren’t the only culprits; adults devote countless hours to the hobby, but why do we always say children play so much?
Children are called out on playing video games because of their time schedule, especially the ones in grade school. They get home from school and often have barely any homework, while a teenager commonly has an hour or more worth of homework, in addition to participating in school sports. I say this because I do play sports and have a lot of homework, but I also love video games, so I know and understand that video games are a lot of fun to play, and I also understand some of the consequences that can happen when you play them too much.
I know that playing a video game is a great way to talk with friends over the chat in the game; people can hear them rage and get mad at the killer when they kill them in FPS (First Person Shooter) games, or communicate when playing a RPG (Role Playing Game). But what some people don’t realize is that some of their real friends are out there in the real world, and they have a social life outside of the screen.
When most children have spare time, they often play video games. It is becoming increasingly uncommon to see youngsters go outside and exercise and get that constant buildup of energy out of their system. These kids stay in the dark room, pressed up against the screen with their minds on the next level instead of how their mom is doing. When they don’t go do something, and are just playing games, their life is eating, sleeping, talking, and of course, playing games. This often leads to obesity, and an unhealthy lifestyle.
I have to admit, games are addicting. When I first got Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls, I played it for about a week straight. Later on, I realized that that whole week in the summer is a week that I will never get back. Sure it was fun, but there were times when I was so addicted that I didn’t want to go anywhere.
Luckily, I got out of that habit before school started again because it would be hard to get homework done like that. This is a situation that is a big problem with many players. They are so addicted to games that they procrastinate and put off the important things like paperwork or studying for exams.
So why do we play games so much? It’s because they let us escape to the virtual world and it’s typically just fun. There are a ton of reasons on why I think they are great, but I know that there is a heavy weight on the side of why they’re not; that reason is because of the lack of social interaction, lack of exercise, and the addictiveness of the illuminated screen that draws you back for another level.