Many can agree that video games are a great way to pass time and are generally a pretty fun thing to do. From personal experience, I’d also say that computer games can become really addictive, especially when you play online with your friends – it’s easy to lose track of time.
There is a negative side to these computer games; research suggests that playing them regularly for a long time can decrease your grades in school and makes you spend less time on your homework. A friend of mine plays on his Xbox for more hours than he goes to school! Even during weekdays he roughly plays for around 7/8 hours. I definitely agree with these statistics, as playing video games a lot in the past has taken up many hours that I could have used for studying or doing homework. I have found myself doing poorer homework due to being constantly wanting and rushing to get on my tablet or computer. This creates an anxiousness to rush everything, and means I begin not caring about anything else but the computer game.
I’m sitting in an airport at the moment, and looking around me this is what I see…
There are a number of abusive behaviours that I’ve noticed are much too frequently swept under the rug and accepted in society as the normal. They are often seen as nothing more than ‘a bit of banter’ or ‘joke’, but are in fact extremely harming. Cyber Abuse is one of them.
Social Media is a platform where I often see abuse occur more often than actual socialising. Daily a scenario plays out where I will be scrolling through my Facebook or Twitter news feeds and in a number of minutes come across a post attacking or ‘having a go’ at another, or a thread of comments where 3, 4 or even more people are arguing back and forth using vile language I can never quite picture escaping from their lips. Conversations can easily get out of hand, with comments quickly turning threatening and/or slanderous, e.g.
Over the last week, the Internet in schools around my town has been shut off. Why? Pornography.
A teacher in my school caught some children (aged 13) in her class looking at pornography during lessons, and it was realised that there were pornographic websites that had not been filtered/blocked on the school’s Wi-Fi. So they shut everything down, and did a large number of security checks.
I know for a fact, that this will not end the issue.
Pornography is everywhere -
Are we spending our lives messaging and taking selfies?
Something that I find fascinating is the ‘Live’ event feed on Snapchat. Almost every day there is a different event broadcasted to snap-chatters around the world – each story is usually around 400 seconds long, and what really intrigues me is how there are hundreds of people attending these events, whose immediate reactions is to take a photo or selfie and message it to their friends, rather than put their phones away and actually have fun where they are, with the people around them.
All of the blogs on From Our Eyes have been written by young people. They are about the kind of issues and problems teenagers face on a constant basis, as well as worldwide epidemics that not only youth, but EVERYONE experiences day to day.