Bad Impact of Addiction to Playing Games on Children

Games or video games, is one of the entertainment that is loved by many people. Currently, quite a lot of people spend their free time playing games, especially online games.

Men and women, ranging from children, adolescents, to adults, often feel happy and entertained while playing games, whether through computers, laptops, or cellphones.

Not a few children and adolescents are addicted to playing games, or playing games for a long time continuously, eventually they spend more time playing games than doing other positive activities, such as learning and playing or socializing with friends.

Numerous studies have shown that the negative effects caused by addiction to playing games on children and adolescents, are very serious.

There are statements that playing games has a positive impact, such as being able to help reduce stress, feel entertained, make new friends, help make decisions faster, or even help improve foreign language skills.

According to this opinion, playing games can also have a positive effect on children or adolescents, namely dexterity of strategy, speed of reaction, and hone creativity. Children also follow technological developments, namely gadgets and the internet. Children also become flexible to communicate with each other, even across countries.

However, children and adolescents who are addicted to playing games or playing games continuously for a long time without any pauses at all, apparently have many negative effects on physical and psychological health.

The first reason, why children and adolescents should not be able to continue playing games is because it can make them less mobile, so that over time the child’s or adolescent’s motor ability will decrease, as a result his body growth becomes less optimal and risk of obesity.

With a high risk of obesity, it is very important for children to spend as much time as possible with activities. Meanwhile, by playing games, the child’s body does not do much activity.

In addition, excessive game play will negatively impact the eyes. Excessive looking at a computer, laptop, or cellphone screen can make the eyes tired, runny or sick, and can even cause minus eyes, which requires the child to wear glasses, to damage the eye nerve.

There is a lot of fun to be had when children are outside. This does not mean the child has to run long distances for a long time. Children can do small things, like walking or jogging for a certain period of time.

The second reason, according to research, addiction to playing games can make children experience concentration problems. When children are addicted to playing games, resulting in decreased concentration of the child, so he easily forgets and fails to focus. Exposure to radiation from electronic devices can also weaken the concentration of children.

If all children or adolescents reduce the amount of time playing games for 30-40 minutes every day and use that time to learn, this whole generation will achieve better results, which later it is possible they will get the desired career.

For example, if children or teenagers of high school students want to go to college, additional study in their free time will have an impact on college entrance exam results. Getting a good education is the best thing that can be done for the child’s future.

The third reason, too often playing games is not good for social skills. Children or adolescents who are addicted to playing games will usually prefer playing games at home rather than playing outside with friends, as a result they will become awkward or less capable if they have to socialize with the surrounding environment.

Not only are social skills problematic, children or adolescents who are addicted to playing games will also have difficulty communicating.

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Some teens may think that they can interact or communicate with other friends while playing games, and they think it is a form of socialization in their own way. But it will not be able to defeat face-to-face communication, because communication activities are not just listening and responding to the words of others, but also includes reading the expression of the other person.

Developing appropriate communication skills is one of the important things because one day children will need these skills, such as during interviews or building relationships with other parties.

Establishing good communication with friends in person is much more fun than sitting indoors and just playing games all day.

It would be better if the children spend free time with other activities that are more useful, such as learning and socializing, than playing games all day at home.

It does not have to stop completely because sometimes children or adolescents also need certain entertainment, but it would be better if they use their free time with other things that are much better and more useful, so that in the future, children will not regretting what was done.

Based on the description above, it can be concluded that the negative impact on children due to addiction to playing games is greater than the positive effects.

Furthermore, in order to prevent and avoid children or adolescents from being addicted to playing games, the active role of parents, the school environment and people in the surrounding environment is needed, to give as early as possible attention and prevention so that children or adolescents, avoid addictions playing games.

Parents need to set rules, when children can play games including the duration of time, and do not free children to continue playing games.

In the school environment, rules must be made so that children do not play games during break times at school. As for the wider community, care should be taken when finding or finding children who play games in game rental places, especially during study hours.

If there are indications that children are getting addicted to playing games, parents should immediately take decisive steps to limit the frequency of playing games or even forbid children from playing games, and encourage children to do various positive activities both at home or outside the home.