First of all, let’s talk about the effect of playing video games on individuals, including effects on eyesight and tendency towards violence. Personal speaking, I think I have the voice right of this question because I am a totally crazy fan of video games that you can find every single mainstream game in my room. I remember my mother is always oppose me to spend too much time on playing video games because she consider that will damage my eyesight hardly. Frankly, there is a large number youngsters who are suffering from the poor eyesight. In fact, “there is almost 40% youngsters in China have the eye’s problem and the rate of shortsighted of college students is as high as 90%.” (Wang)What a horrible statistic! Even though we should admit the academic pressure probably push the youngsters to read more book which will pose extra burden on their eyes, we still cannot ignore the video game make such “contribution” to this consequence in their spare time. Why? Because “The closer objects are, the harder the eyes have to work to see them. It is as simple as that. When our eyes are asked to focus on close objects for extended periods of time, there will be much more possibility for our eyesight to be damaged.” (LoBocchiaro) In addition, some unhealthy video games including the content about murder and violence may pose some negative effect on youngsters’ mind even guiding them toward the track of crime. For instance, there was a famous shooting event happened in American history: the “The Columbine High School massacre” happened in 1999 which finally lead to 15 people dead and 27 people injured and two murderers choose suicide after this massacre. This event is one of the most serious shooting in American history which bring a drastic and profound effect to American society like the education for the “edge student” and the control of weapon. Stunningly, these two murderer are all youngsters in the school who are crazy about gothic culture and some bloody game like “Doom” and “Wolfenstein 3D”. Some scientists such as “Christopher Barlett, a psychologist at Iowa State University, did a series experiments to prove the relationship between violent games and human action. He led a group of 47 undergraduates play “Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance” for 15 minutes. Then compared with another team who play the nonviolent games and the conclusion indicated that the people who play the “Mortal Kombat” engage more aggressive like eating more spicy sauce than regular.” (Carey) Therefore, the bloody game would probably a key elements which twisted these two boys and induce them to engage the “Columbine” tragedy.
Thus, because of these dangers to eyesight and violent tendencies, many people argue that video games are bad for kids. However, after what I have been discussed above, is that means the video games are totally poisons whose only function is to ruin people? I hardly think so.
Anyway, I think playing video games still have many positive effect on our body and mind, such as improved attention and logic. From my personal experience, I played a large number of video games which are much more than the peer during my high school. Even though playing these games occupying too much time for me, but I really cultivate the ability of logic and individual thinking. Actually, people always have to use their intelligence to solve problems by themselves durig a game like focusing attention and find the details under the surface. What’s more, a famous scientist on researching human brain named Daphne Bavelier gave us some authoritative explanation through a series experiments find that playing video games would develop people’s ability of distinguishing objects. The content of this experiment is let the people playing the video games for a long time and compared their reaction with the people who don’t play video games when they facing the different problems. Daphne also did an interesting game with the audiences who listen to his address. She displayed too many moving dots and changed the color of some dots on the screen. Then Daphne asked the audience to distinguish which of those dots changed their colors. The consequence is the person who is a video gamer use the least time to finish that task which prove her conclusion again. Daphne called
this kind of ability as multi-media tracking. (Bavelier) Therefore, I consider playing video games have many positive effect on us.
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