Negative Effects Of Playing Video Games

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With the emergence of the internet and flexible communication devices such as smartphones and tablets, video games have become popular among children and even young adults across the world. While many people associate playing video games with laziness and other negative impacts, playing such games actually help in strengthening various cognitive skills such as memory and perception, reasoning, decision-making, spatial reasoning, and attention among others. This essay explores how the potential gain in cognitive skills outweighs the potential hazards of exposing children to the very realistic portrayals of violence found in many video games.
To begin with, video games increase hand-eye coordination, spatial reasoning as well as fine motor skills. For instance, in shooter games, the player keeps track of their position, direction, speed, and aim concurrently. The brain processes all this information then coordinates with the player’s hands, which is in control of the game. The player is expected to coordinate the brain’s interpretation with the hand’s movement. Therefore, the game player needs to be keen on eye-hand coordination and visual-spatial ability in order to succeed. Even in real life situations, proper coordination and spatial reasoning are necessary, and so playing video games gives children an experience of a lifetime as such games stimulate their development accordingly.
In addition, video games improve the executive functioning of the players. Executive
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