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.
Studies also say that playing games with violence, criminal behaviour or offensive themes increases violent behaviour. I have noticed this in other kids at school – at lunchtimes they pretend to fight like WWE wrestlers and like to play pretend gun and killing games (both of which often leads to someone actually getting physically injured).
Another thing that has been discovered is that the terrorist group ISIS have created a video game very close to GTA (Grand Theft Auto) where you act as a militant, are given tasks and murder other characters. ISIS have also used games like Modern Warfare to train their militants, and to prepare them for the ‘real thing’ – quite a scary thought, isn’t it.
The common theme here is the direct link between certain video games and violence. The behaviour of a lot of particularly the guys in my year has definitely become quite aggressive and sometimes viscous as they’ve grown older, and as the video game industry has evolved to make shooting, stabbing, fighting and explosions appear a thousand times more realistic than 10 or so years ago.
I really believe that it’s time to re-evaluate the kind of games we (as young people) buy, but also for businesses to consider what games they really want on their shelves.
"If games continue to become more violent, it would be devastating to see young people mirror this and become more violent too."
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.