Video Games in School: The Effects

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Wyatt Boyett (Junior), Reporter

Video games are a majority of a lot of teenager’s lives. They offer a light in the darkness to some kids, are an escape from reality for others, and are just something to fall back on if you are ever bored for most.

Video games have become super popular over the past couple years, so popular that I bet if you took just a simple look around your study hall class or your homeroom class you would see at least a couple of others spending their time watching someone play video games or partaking in playing video games themselves.

For some kids that’s the only connection they have to their friends. Especially if they are quarantined or cannot drive yet. Video games are a major help to some too, because they could have anxiety and videogames are their only stress reliever.

But you’ll find that the more you play the more addicting it gets. The further you get into a Mario or a Pokémon game the more you find yourself wanting to finish, wanting to beat that final boss but there’s always some consequence that comes to people only spending their time on video games and that’s late school work.

The missing assignment list grows and grows for some, especially as they prioritize playing video games over doing a simple homework assignment. Video Games are also taking a giant toll on some people’s bodies hurting their backs after they sit for too long with bad posture or increasing their likelihood of obesity, because they are inside playing videogames instead of going outside with their dog or their little brother or sister.

So, a lot of parents should be asking themselves a question, “Am I being too lenient, am I allowing my child to slip away and only focus on video games, should I make sure they are staying active?” After those questions that’s where the realization sets in, they need to get their child out from their addiction away from the constant urge of being sucked in.

I was able to interview a lot of different kids and all of their responses were, “No, videogames are not an addiction.” Grant Krulik and Kendrick Welty both spoke their mind of this topic.

“I play video games every night, of course after I do my homework and I am done with soccer practice, but video games are where I can have fun without leaving my house.” Says Krulik

“I am constantly looking to do stuff with my friends after my homework is done but sometimes, they are busy or doing something else, so instead I sit down and enjoy some video games.” Says Welty.

So, whether or not you look at video games as a positive or negative aspect of your life cherish the time you have with your family and prioritize your life correctly. Don’t get mad at your mom or dad because they want you to do the dishes, or take out the trash. Do your homework and don’t spend your life just playing video games get outside and have fun.