Benefits and harms of electronic games

Benefits and harms of electronic games

Benefits and harms of electronic games

Electronic games

 Electronic games are defined as a commercial technological commodity, as it is a small part of the new world emerging from the modern digital culture, although it is fun and entertaining, but it affects the individual and society in a variety of ways.

 Electronic games began between 1967 and 1969 AD after the American engineer Ralph Bayer decided to find a way to play games on TV, and with the help of his friends Bill Harrison and Bill Roche the first model of electronic games was made, which they called the brown box, and this prototype is considered the first game system Multiplayer video and players, then this model was taken over by Magnavox, which in turn released this design in the name of Magnafox Odyssey, which paved the way for the development of video games until it reached this progress.

Benefits of electronic games

  Electronic games have a great impact on the general culture of individuals, due to their widespread among them. The benefits of electronic games can be limited to the following:

 Electronic games increase cognitive performance: Some studies indicate that children who play video games often have high intellectual performance and high academic efficiency, relative to those who did not play these games.

 Electronic games improve hand-eye consistency: Most video games, regardless of subject matter, require players to use precise commands that affect the consistency of hand movement with consideration.

 Electronic games improve the decision-making process: most video games rely on developing certain strategies during the game, which helps to make decisions better and faster.

 Electronic games encourage reading: electronic games can encourage reading, so dialogue between characters attracts the player to read and develop his reading skills.

 Electronic games hone strategic thinking and logical skills: these games require the development of strategies to be able to advance to the next levels, and to end and win the game.

 Electronic games increase the interest in technology: as individuals adjust to modern technology through electronic games and increase their interest in them.

 Electronic games help marginalized people in society: socially marginalized people can communicate with people through the virtual world, and they are gradually accepted among people through multiplayer games, as it can communicate with new people and make new friends as well.

 Electronic games are used as teaching tools: some educational institutions have included educational materials in electronic games, as they develop and improve various life skills, in addition to the educational process becoming more enjoyable.

 Electronic games are used as an artistic medium: electronic games contribute greatly to the manufacture of some artistic media, such as music and movies.

harms of electronic games

 Electronic games may cause obesity, laziness, social illness, and physical and mental health problems that result from the frequent use of these electronic games. The following are some of the damages of electronic games:

 Encouraging violence

 Video games affect the behavior of individuals in real life, as some studies indicated that playing violent electronic games for a certain period of time may lead to an increase in the amount of violence among players, and may also generate other dangerous behaviors.

Wasting time

 Playing electronic games has been associated with wasting time, as the time that the player spends playing these games replaces other activities that are more important, such as spending time with family or friends, carrying out academic responsibilities, or participating in recreational activities such as playing football, or spending time developing a skill What.

 Change in outward appearance

Excessive playing electronic games may change the appearance of the external player, through:

- Not sleeping enough hours, which in turn may lead to a pale complexion or dark circles under the eyes.
- overweight.
- Inability to stand properly.

Affect health

 Electronic games can affect the physical health of players, as they can cause:

- Joint pain: playing electronic games may lead to joint pain in the neck, hand, wrist, or forearm, as these pain may be caused by prolonged play without rest.

- Vitamin D deficiency: playing electronic games for long periods may lead to vitamin D deficiency, which a person obtains from exposure to sunlight, as vitamin D deficiency leads to rickets, which weakens the bones and causes bending in the spine and legs.

- Obesity: Electronic games linked to eating unhealthy foods, fatty and sugary snacks often lead to obesity.

Electronic gaming addiction

 Electronic games consume a lot of player time, which leads to their addiction, as this addiction has become an internationally recognized matter, and it is equally dangerous for compulsive gambling addiction, where the player's goal is to win.

 The love of electronic games turns into addiction when players spend most of their time playing video games at the expense of work, study, physical exercise, family events, or social activities, which may affect them negatively.

 There are many reasons for addicting electronic games, including that game designers have designed them in this way to increase the number of players, as the game is designed to be a permanent challenge for the player so that he can win, which makes him spend more time trying to win without surrender.

Types of addiction to electronic games

 Addiction to electronic games is classified into two types:

- Electronic games addiction that includes only one mission, and one player plays it, because when the player completes this task or when he achieves a certain result, the addiction to it often ends.

- Electronic games addiction that does not include a single mission, and has no end. These games are played by a diverse number of players online, as the player builds a fake character and establishes relationships with other players through the Internet, and this type of addiction does not end quickly, due to the lack of There is a definite end to the game, and the player may use this game as a way to escape from reality so that he feels more acceptable in his imaginary character present in this game.

Signs of addiction to electronic games

 Signs of addiction to electronic games include:

 - Change in behavior.
 - Mood change.
 - Social isolation.
 - Loss of desire to do other fun activities.
 - Anxiety or depression.
 - Low achievement in school or work.
 - Difficulty controlling the time spent playing.

 The physical effects of electronic gaming addiction

 The physical effects of electronic gaming addiction include wrist pain, neck, elbows, blisters on the skin, and sleep disturbances, and long-term addiction can lead to obesity, thinness, or numbness in the hands (peripheral neuropathy), or clots. the blood.

 Addiction treatment for electronic games

Medicines should not be used to treat addiction to electronic games. Rather, it is preferable to follow standard psychology techniques, such as the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy, which provides for modifying thinking patterns to deal with different life situations.

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