Over the past few years, video games have become an inevitable
part of almost every child’s life. They have replaced traditional indoor and
outdoor sports. In America, about 91 percent of children aged 2–17 play
video games. This
is very alarming because these games can cause serious physical and
psychological harm to children. So, to protect our children from this evil
video games should be banned.
Firstly, video games damage the physical health of children. Children play
games for many hours, so they neither do physical exercise nor they pay attention
towards eating nutritional food. This causes obesity, headaches, poor eyesight
and lack of sleep among children. In May 2011, the World Health Organisation
placed mobile phones and other wireless gadgets on
the list of a possible carcinogen which means chances of getting cancer increases
in children who play video games.
Secondly, video games are designed to be addictive. It is not
any coincidence that one out of five children who play video games become
addicted to them. The reality is, these games initiate chemical reactions in
the brain which are similar to some of
the drugs and kids get a delightful experience which makes them obsessed with these games. As a result, they do not find
time to get together with family or socially interact with other people. This makes them shy and introvert.
Last but not the least, video games such as
Call of Duty and Watch Dogs etc. literally prepare children to shoot and kill people
in a virtual world. This adversely affects
the psychological behavior of children,
and they become more aggressive, impatient and more significantly the value of
life decreases for them. This is one of the main reason why our younger kids
are becoming frustrated and intolerant.
However, opponents say that video games improve decision making and hand-eye coordination skills of children. But
the cost at which these skills are developed is immense. The higher pace
content of video games cause attention disorder and affects the memory of
children. According to a study published in a Pediatrics magazine school children who play video games for more
than two hours a day or more are 67% more likely to develop attention problems.
Furthermore, hand-eye coordination and decision-making skills can be improved by
playing sports like cricket, hockey, and
Hence, it can be said that video games are
harmful to mental as well as physical
health of children. So to preserve our future generations, and to create a
healthy society video games should be banned. As they are a great threat to the
well-being of our children.