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  1. Dusty Larson is offline

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    Video Games - Bad for the brain?

    Are video games, if played too often, detrimental to coordination or mental health?

    I ask because my brother back home really likes video games, he's in junior high. But sometimes, I worry about him. When I used to live at home he would frequently have tantrums about being restricted from game time because of poor grades at school, and chooses gaming over hanging out with his friends sometimes.

    I would prefer that he chooses to dictate his own leisure time, but I don't want him being mentally damaged or anything like that.
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    I don't think they do, Now they aren't as good for the brain as going to school. Your brother just chooses to play video games instead of do well academically, or hang around with friends, because he wants instant gratification.

    His need for instant gratification is what drew him to video games, video games didn't mold him.
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    Point taken at what he chooses.

    I'm just wondering if there are any scientific arguments that suggest video gaming can reduce hand-eye coordination or something.
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    I played video games since I was a kid. I am majoring in physics, so it didn't hurt me brain-wise, but I am pretty much a loner, so it did hurt me socially. Although, I'm not sure if I played video games because I was a loner in the first place...

    Either way, if all he ever does is play video games, he'll become a loser. Speaking from personal experience. Get him to try some sports or other activities in which getting "better" is actually somewhat cool. I'm sure there's something he'll like.

    EDIT: And my hand-eye co-ordination and reflexes have always been awesome. I suspect that's also because of video games.
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    I'm actually a professional video game artist, so have read quite a bit about the subject.

    Studies show that reaction time and mental accuity is actually improved. Substantially. Physically however, it detracts from other activities (exercise) that you could be doing. If you only play games, you will get out of shape quickly, and won't really learn much unless it is an educational game. (Yes, there are such things.)

    Mentally, games can increase stress levels (frustration), or decrease them. (satisfaction). They won't make you crazy, but if you are leaning toward insanity, they may be able to push you over the edge, just as TV, movies, books, drugs, or general stress could.

    Games can be an addiction. They can interfere with relationships and responsibilities. If they are having a detrimental effect on these aspects of life, a person should get help and/or stop playing.

    Violence should not be blamed on games. Kids were killing each other thousands of years ago, well before video games existed. Parents, society, and the child's own temperament are to blame, with a strong emphasis on the latter.

    It also should be noted that the average age of a gamer is 27 years old. Games are rated similarly to movies, with some games receiving an M for mature rating. This rating is the equivalent to an NC-17/X rating. In most states it is illegal for a child to buy such a game. Yet some dipshit parents do buy them for their 4 year olds, and then the kids get really confused. (Ever take a 4 year old to Texas Chainsaw Massacre, or a porno?) Then the parents want to blame the game companies. Very annoying.
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    I think Ryno nailed it.
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    Read an article that said that video game players actually had differently developed visual skills and abilities. Apparently video game players are better at multitasking, and notice more objects in any given picture at any one time than someone that doesn't play video games, and have greater peripheral vision. Can't remember where I got the article, but it makes sense.
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    I know that whenever I am trying to find something online with my parents (so one of them standing over my shoulder or whatever) and we are trying to find something from a list, I scroll down REALLY fast and they can never keep up. I can guarantee that that is something video games have developed. The second I can tell something is different from what I am looking for, I reject it and move on to the next thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poop-Loops
    I know that whenever I am trying to find something online with my parents (so one of them standing over my shoulder or whatever) and we are trying to find something from a list, I scroll down REALLY fast and they can never keep up. I can guarantee that that is something video games have developed. The second I can tell something is different from what I am looking for, I reject it and move on to the next thing.
    I get that all the time, too. Whenever my parents want me to get them to something on their computer or do something for them or the like, I go through it so fast they are always asking me to slow down. For me, I think this is more of the result of me using the computer a lot (I didn't play video games terribly much when I was younger), but I think it's the same basic thing. I do remeber reading in an article (I forgot where, it was in a magazine I picked up in a Starbucks one day) that did mention that those who play video games develop better hand-eye coordination and reflex speed.

    I agree with what has been said that video games are not necessarily harmful to a child's mental development, though as with most anything, in excess it will be detrimental to their overall development. If someone plays video games all the time instead of doing other things, obviously that person's health will be badly affected, their social skills will be hurt, among other things.
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    I don't mean just using the computer, but say, looking for a specific item number for some car part my dad needed. There was a whole list of them, and I just zoomed through it and started to scroll down.
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