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Being Obsessed With Video Games

Sep 17, 2008
It really seems as if children have become obsessed with all the video games they have been playing. Each day children are engulfed with the excitement that these video games bring to their lives, but parents are becoming truly concerned.

Many children are becoming obsessed with video games. They spend all the money they get for an allowance or birthday gifts on video games, accessories, and video game magazines. They play hours of these video games every day while at night they dream about ways to get through the next level of their favorite video game.

It seems as if these children are turning into robots as their little fingers turn into tiny machines as they become quick and precise with each touch of the controller. Often times, you can see their little palms sweating when ever they are playing really difficult levels. They can get anxiety from their hearts racing and the knots that develop within their stomach as playing some video games are as suspenseful as watching an extremely scary movie.

Parents feel as if these video games have taken over the lives of their children as they stare at the television screen while playing these video games. Researchers have discovered that children that play video games are effected by the way they act, think, and feel. These types of changes have been subject to several intense debates and concerns. One of the biggest concerns is violence due to the special effects and the computerized graphics as they become more and more realistic.

Of course, the majority of parents will blame the shootings that have been occurring in school and all the other aggressive behavior that they have saw in a variety of television shows, movies, and video games. Psychologists feel that children get use to seeing so much violence and after a while they begin to think that it not such a big deal. It is extremely difficult to prove that seeing violence in video games and movies will lead to violence in real life, but it is possible that individuals who already have aggressive tendencies will be drawn to violent games and movies.

Creating a link between seeing violence on video games and movies and acting violently could take years of research. In a study of children, who were between the ages of eight and twelve, who participated in watching a series of video clips that showed several violent fighting scenes. Other video clips were full of action only, but still other video clips were only blank screens. While the experiment was taking place the children laid down inside of a special type of brain imaging machine that would take pictures of the brain at different times to show which parts of the brain was working.

The study found that when the children were exposed to the violent video clips a thumb-nail size area in the brain called the amygdala was activated and the right side of their brain was extremely active. The amygdala part of the brain is best known as a fight or flight organ. When ever it senses any type of danger, then it will prepare the individual to either battle or run away. It also causes the breathing of the individual to slow as well as the individual becomes more aware of any type of hyper active movements around them as their blood rushes into the brain core. This study proved that violent video games can be obsessive and even addictive.
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