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Are Video Games Damaging to Our Brains?

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Here’s What Video Games Actually Do to the Brain

If you watch TV or read the news, video games never did anything good. In fact they even cause a lot of trouble. Kids went into a riot because of the violence they learned from video games. Gamers have become so absorbed that they lose their sense of reality. They seem to think that life is a big video game. These are all hyped up media reports that are baseless and pure assumptions.

The truth is; video games may have more positive effects than negative, contrary to what the media have pointed out on so many occasions. This has been supported with facts by several experts.

Video games enhance hand and eye coordination. This is important when driving. MOBA-based games also encourage the players to be strategic and tactical.

video games and how they affect the brain

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“The evidence for negative effects of video games on developing minds is very grey, because the technology has advanced so quickly and science is struggling to keep up. Also, the field of cyberpsychology is very new. But there was a really good five-year longitudinal study in the US recently, one of a very few longitudinal studies. There have been a lot of stories recently along the lines of an 18-year-old holds up a bank, and the judge says that he played Grand Theft Auto, and the question is: If people play violent games, do they take that violence offline?

“And this research, which looked at American males from the age of 14, showed that crime went down among those who played more violent games. It suggests that if people are able to vent their frustrations in a virtual world, they’re less likely to do so offline.

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