Are video games bad for you?

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Let’s start by saying, my parents think video games are the worst. Not just my parents but most parents. Although I have come to find out not all parents believe video games are bad for you, they even encourage their children to play.

I have been playing video games for over 15 years. I started with a Nintendo 64 when the graphics were not so great. The game system was a friend’s but, that was the moment I got hooked. Me and millions of other kids, of course. I think I now have a good idea of what parents were experiencing. In comparison to seeing our young children all having Ipads; In my opinion, it’s the shock factor. Like always, what we don’t know scares us until we obtain a better understanding.

Just like many things in life, it depends on the variables of the equation. The equation, in this case, is the individual playing video games. From the scientific studies I read before writing this post, video games can harm you if you have pre-existing conditions. There was also proof of social and addiction problems, but they seem less extreme and manageable.

If you don’t fall under the mentioned conditions, I have great news for you. Let’s play some video games! The keyword some, the recommended amount of video games you should be playing is two hours. I agree with the two-hour mark since I steam four times a week for two hours on those days. There is even science to back up the mental benefits of gaming. These benefits include improving manual dexterity, increase your brain’s gray matter, and becoming a better problem solver. So with that said, game on, my friends!

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