I am a frequent gamer and I am always confronted with the argument that video games are bad for you in general. I have seen studies supporting this but I have also seen many studies showing that video games can actually be quite good for you, both in matters of physical health and mental health.

While prolonged sitting can actually be quite bad for you, video games have been proven to help with reaction timing, hand-eye coordination, and other reactions pertaining to hands and eyes. I have also recently come across a study that proved that video games are also really good for combating depression and reducing stress.

While prolonged gaming can be unhealthy, like too much of anything, there have been some studies that have shown that playing between 20 and 30 hours of video games a week can actually fight depression (although this self-medication can sometimes be dangerous, it is most often pretty safe and healthy).

I personally believe that video games are more healthy than unhealthy but I also believe that too much gaming is also bad for your health. I can attest to the fact that video games reduce stress and combat depression because it has worked for me but there is still testing to be done and more people to test on.

 

 

 

 

 

Science Proves that Playing Video Games Reduces Your Stress

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/dr-meghan-walker/video-game-anxiety_b_8584134.html

Study: Playing a Video Game Helps Teens Beat Depression

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2015/11/how_video_games_can_teach_your_brain_to_fight_depression.html

 

Photo by Daniel E Lee

CC BY-SA 4.0 Video Games: Good or Bad by Jean-Jules is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

4 Comments
  1. Caden 4 weeks ago

    I understand your argument I really do, but I can’t help but feel that this is not the argument that people usually make for gaming. The majority of people believe that video games cause violence and even in some cases mass shootings, I enjoyed this article, maybe you should do one about how video games are not linked to mental illness or things that cause these sort of events.

  2. Kesang 5 months ago

    Dear Jean,

    I liked this post very much because my parents complain about how I spend to much time on my phone or just playing games. This post speaks out to those young group of people that now have a supported reason as to why they spend so much time playing video games. When you said that video games reduce stress and help fight depression that was a major sign that video games are actually helpful because now in this world many young people are committing suicide for horrid reasons. There could be a chance that if they played video games they would take their minds to another place were there is no harm involved. Overall, your post really was delightful to read and it made me think that once in a while I could play some games just to relax.

  3. Aryan 5 months ago

    Dear Jean:

    I am satisfied with your post “Video Games: Good or Bad” because I feel the same way as you. Despite my lack of understanding of the raw data, is seems that video games are good for one.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “video games have been proven to help with reaction timing, hand-eye coordination, and other reactions pertaining to hands and eyes. ” I think this is cool because who would of thought having fun by clicking buttons on a controller would help develop simple coordination of the hands. This is good news since I know how to practice right before my baseball games

    Another sentence that I recall was: “there have been some studies that have shown that playing between 20 and 30 hours of video games a week can actually fight depression” This stood out for me because it is interesting how having fun can help relieve mental distress.

    I do/ agree with you that video games are healthy. One reason I say this is because they are fun and enjoyed by all.

    Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because i really enjoyed this controversial topic and I want to read the next one

  4. Miguel 10 months ago

    Finally someone is willing to do the research on the affects video games can cause. I’ve been trying to convince others why it could be good but sometimes I forget about the prolonged sitting which is bad. I really enjoyed reading this and the article, I think you did a great job.

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