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Interesting Statistics About Video Games

videogames Interesting Statistics About Video GamesGreetings! According to a study of 1,178 children in the US, almost 9 percent of child gamers are pathologically or clinically “addicted” to playing video games.tu Interesting Statistics About Video Gamestd Interesting Statistics About Video Games
However, 23 percent of youth say that they have felt “addicted to video games,” with about one-third of males and a little more than one in 10 females reporting the sensation, according to the survey by Harris Interactive.tu Interesting Statistics About Video Gamestd Interesting Statistics About Video Games
Forty-four percent of the youth 8 to 18 also reported their friends are addicted to video games, the survey said. The average child 8 to 12 plays 13 hours of video games per week, while teens age 13 to 18 year play 14 hours of video games per week, according to the survey.tu Interesting Statistics About Video Gamestd Interesting Statistics About Video Games
These statistics raise some interesting questions. While the majority of kids who play video games don’t become addicted, what does it say about our culture when one third of our boys have felt addicted to video games? How do video games and other stimulating products prepare our kids for the future? What child, after the excitement of 14 hours of video games each week, doesn’t get bored when faced with “spending time with grandma”, or some other activity that doesn’t provide intense stimulation?tu Interesting Statistics About Video Gamestd Interesting Statistics About Video Games
Furthermore, Japanese researchers found that playing computer games stunted the development of the frontal lobe of the brain in teenagers, which is a crucial part of developing impulse control. The tendency to lose control is not due to children absorbing the aggression involved in the computer game itself, as previous researchers have suggested, but rather to the damage done by stunting the developing mind. The full article can be accessed here…tu Interesting Statistics About Video Gamestd Interesting Statistics About Video Games
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to decreasing the chances of my kids’ developing as well as they can, I don’t like to take any chances. I don’t like to allow my own denial to impact their development—socially, physically, or any other way.tu Interesting Statistics About Video Gamestd Interesting Statistics About Video Games

Letting your kids play video games for hours each week? Their brains only have one chance to develop.

Can you really live with that?

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108 Responses to Interesting Statistics About Video Games

  1. anonymous says:

    Alright, these statistics are clearly flawed. First off, games stunting the developement of youth today? Well, hate to break it to you ( I’m lying I’d love to break it to you)but games today are helping children develope quicker hand eye coordination (hence the use of video games by the military) and yes the whole antisocial aspect… wait a second there is no anti-social aspect more than 60% of video games today are social ones.

    • A Voice says:

      While games help reaction time and hand and eye coordination, if that’s all that the person does, it will see a decline in other areas of the mind which are not exercised. So what is the benefit if these young kids can’t think out the box? They can’t cope with real-life emergencies? Wake up to yourself.

      • brent says:

        puzzle games, i dont know if you ever played zelda but some of those puzzle to get to the boss were ridculous

  2. daniel says:

    i believe video game scause violence in a childs life i have seen it happen many times

  3. anonymous says:

    Didnt the military develop video games specifically for promotional purposes, not hand eye-coordnation purposes? Yes Games do have somewhat of a social aspect but how much live interaction can a child get playing video game? I mean its easy to be whomever you want to be when your online or “undercover” but how much real social skill do you gain from sitting at a TV or video game device all day?

  4. Shane says:

    seriously?? i grew up playing video games ALL the time. im 19 now and i still do, i also workout everyday non-fail. i dont skip my classes to play games or turn down chilling with my bros or new people JUST to play games… they’re is nothing wrong with playing lots of games.. you just have to level out with other activities, try moshpits or working out :P i do

    • Relle says:

      All though you are right because I am one who can multi-task. However, there are people, no kids, who suffer from it. My nephew is one of them. Can’t do anything else except play video games all day. That’s his mother’s fault. Still in the end there are kids who should be living there life outside of the game.

    • A Voice says:

      I agree with you. But while some of us can do it, many of us can’t. I personally know many of my friends who if doesn’t have to do with computer or video, they’re bored and useless.

  5. anonymous says:

    Ditto ^

  6. anonymous says:

    Hmm in the attached article you will note that they refer to the different areas of the brain relating to specific function… umm hello? That goes both ways. More social growth and activity doing math for 30min? Anyone see the obvious here? The kids were barely even focusing on the single digit math problems in front of them and thinking “who the hell do i have to talk to to get out of here!” and that my friends is hilariously obvious. Also what was the test base used for the research? A single game. There are many different styles of games out there and some of them incorporate a good amount of math as well as social skills. I think this is a case of “all things in moderation” whether that be from a parent or self induced. The ability to exhibit self control is from experience and that in turn develops the said “fibers” of the brain (which in fact are synapses). Memory and the ability to learn is relative to this, experience and not being well rounded through interaction and activity will of course change how the mind functions, so will too much of an activity. Be responsible and help others to be responsible by not labeling “objects” with “human” failings.

  7. anonymous says:

    yes i used to be addicted to games until my mother took it away from me for about 6 months until she thought that i could actually handle it and my school work and friends and so i still play it now but its alot more blanced not just game game game all day thats what parents need to do, make sure there kids are balancing instead of overlooking it thinking it was just one time and make sure they dont play all day. Playing the game did make more antisocial though, when she took it away from me i didn’t reall know how to interact with real people.

  8. anonymous says:

    people need to realize its the parents resopsibility. My mom kicked us outside till it was dark, she even locked all the doors so we couldnt get in….i thank her for that, but still think about what is important you got to even the plying field…whats more important getting money or not having a life? friends or a headset?

  9. GameDesigner says:

    Recently the military has done studies on how video games affect the mind. In conclusion, the results must be benefical since they are now including military simulations in soldiers training.

    As for the social aspect, many gamers go and compete in local tourneys in which they meet new people and have a chance to win money prizes. They help keep distant friends together and has been shown to increase social skills within teens over 12 years.

    Now as for the whole argument, the fact that video games hurt childrens developements is false. Many studies claim they’res a “link” between these so called “controlled” studies. Most studies found a correlation, not a causal relationship, which means the research could simply show that aggressive people like aggressive entertainment. That’s why the vague term “links” is used here.

  10. Matt Jones says:

    I definitely went though a phase of being addicted (namely starcraft!) but whether it was for good or bad who can say? I can safely saw however that I do still enjoy the StarCraft board game just as much so maybe its just that..

  11. NoFluff says:

    I think you should leave your grammar nazi/e-thug ethics out of this discussion my friend. Not achieving much here to be quite honest with you.

    As for the article, it feels quite extrememly biased. I do not deny the possibility that video games “stunt the growth of the brains of teenagers” (although this is very hard for me to accept as fact), it seems to me that the effect that video games have on the brain of children/teens/adults differ from person to person, just as anything does.

    There are some kids who do infact have hindered social abilities, or are just strange who play a lot of video games. But there are also plenty examples people who play video games far greater than this study has mentioned, and lead a balanced “normal” (whatever that entails) life(I for instance played video games for minimum 30 hours a week for a long period of time).

    What I’m trying to say is, it’s incredibly unfair to generalize anyone, let alone teen gamers, by saying that our minds are being numbed, and there is nothing tangible you receive from gaming.

    The e-sports world is growing at a ridiculous rate. MLG (Major League Gaming) are home to some of the best north-american gamers who compete on several flagship games across a variety of consoles. Some of the gamers earn 6 figure salaries a year from gaming alone (plus contracts, sponsorships etc.). MLG events can see over 100,000 people per weekend with thousands of competitors from all over. On top of this there is WCG (Word Cyber Games) whose main event/StarCraft championship finals sold out a venue of over 6000 people.

    Point being, that competitive gaming is growing, and is far beyond the “basic ‘yes’ or ‘no’ statements in logic sequences” that you speak of. The interaction, focus, critical thinking, communication and team work top-tier players need to compete is far beyond your comprehension.

    On top of that, some of these players who play 40 hours+ a week are also going to university/colleges or are currently involved in ongoing careers. Some are entrepeneurs. Some are professional atheletes. Some are “mind numbed” teens. What I’m trying to say is: Generalizations are a backwards way of labelling individuals. It is completely situational and dependant on the person.

    Video games can be competitive, fun and social. I don’t really see what the problem is with any of those things, let alone all at once.

    Something to keep in mind: balance is key. Some kids can balance their school work, friends and other hobbies alongside the avid playing of video games. Some kids can’t. It’s just like anything else in this world.

    - NF

  12. ElectroGirl says:

    I am a 17 year old girl, and play video games almost 10 hours a day and have for many years. It has not stunted my mental development, as I have A grades in GCSE exams and A levels, and I am now studying to be a civil engineer.

  13. koL says:

    I’m also 17 years old and I want to know what platform of gaming you use and the genre or type of games you play because I’m currently in the process of writing a research paper for school regarding the influence of video games among kids and I want to include a subjective section of personal examples from the video gamer perspective.

    I would include my own because I’m a huge gamer but I can’t because I’m writing the paper :P

  14. anonymous says:

    I’m an 18 year old girl (casual gamer) and alot of my friends are full-on gamers.
    Sure, it’s never a good thing to let a kid sit in the corner of their dark room playing 24/7 but if I had kids I’d encourage them to play.

    Saying that gaming affects brain development couldnt be further from the truth. Gamers are smart. And alot of the time they have better hand eye co-ordination, problem solving and critical thinking skills than some people ever will. Including you.

    Gaming is only a bad influence on children if you are a bad parent.

  15. Liz says:

    I’m a 17 year old girl and an active gamer. I play an average of 24 hours a week mostly devoted towards World of Warcraft. I do not believe these games can hinder the growth of the teenage brain. I myself am a decent student (B’s and A’s) but the kind of game I play can be extremely time consuming and often conflicts with other work. However, the experience of playing a game that requires you to constantly working with other players around to world in real time to achieve a common goal teaches a immense amount of teamwork and leadership skills. I recent joined a high level guild in the game and was required to submit an application and treat my membership as if it were a job. Though my situation is most likely a rare case, my involvement in the game has improved many of my business and real life skills.

  16. anonymous says:

    I’m 15 and I play Counter Strike Source on my PC (also other games but mostly css. I started when I was 13 and I really got addicted. I was playing about 30 hours a week back then. I recently started back but Im not playing as much. I know ppl who play more than 50 hours a week playing Counter Strike.

  17. Nick says:

    The results are not comforting at all. I believe the real number can be even greater. Grown ups who play video games admit that they are addicted to them and it is very difficult to overcome this bad habit.

  18. A lot of people seem to misinterpret the concept of a video game. You can’t sit your child in front of movies all day, and expect them to know everything about the concepts of the world, can you? I mean, you could, but you’d be a moron if you think it would work. Video games, for the most part, are meant to entertain. By the way, you referenced an article that references a study based off of studies from Ryuta Kawashima, and has applied his research toward the development of a video game called Brain Age. Basically, you’re saying ALL video games are a detriment to children’s brain development. This man designed a game SPECIFICALLY for brain development. If you’re going to write an article based off of other’s research, use more than one reference, and try and state a more solid FACT, than opinion.

    I’m curious to find out where you got your information for the survey you wrote your article about, cause I don’t see the reference on that. Unless, the article you had referenced below it was applied to the survey above… THEN, you’re references are based off an article that is written by someone in the U.K. that is based off of studies from a university in JAPAN that doesn’t even state surveys in it about american children.

    Now that I’ve pointed out to others you have blatant lack of research on your posted article, I’m going back to playing Assassin’s Creed 2, because I was distracted easily. Which, supports your article’s point… You win this round.

  19. Edlyn says:

    Hi, I’m creating a website about obsessive gaming for a school project and I would like to add some testimonials to it. If there are any past or current gamers out there who would like to send their story I would really appreciate it. Just write a short testimonial describing you’re gaming habits and any effects of you’re gaming and send it to

  20. william crowder says:

    woooooooooooooow, why did i take the time to read these comments. Everyone on here is totally hooked on games, and to come on this site and comment saying your not is only trying to reassure yourself your arn’t. I a merley lookin up stuff for a project, and you guys are the reason people believe you can be, ” addicted” to video games.

  21. anonymous says:

    get turned on.

  22. Carolina Garcia says:

    What can you expect from a parenting page… parents are scared, but don’t worry… all my life I’ve been playing Video Games and i don’t believe that’s a fact at all (the article)… actually video gaming develops your logical skills and that’s where your precious math comes along…

    I am a student of industrial engineering, I’m on my 4th year, graduating soon and I’m a pretty good student! So I don’t think that me playing video games has damage my brain.

  23. Johnboy says:

    well what do you expect from a parenting site…

    all the lies on this page are so frustrating to read for me but are easy for any parent to fallow.

    anything is addictive and too much of anything is bad for you (golden rule)

    follow it and you will be okay

    if you play video games for a year and stop playing for a game what kind of withdraw are you going to have?

    not being a nerd for a day get off the computer and get some air unless your scared of the world around you and have to play games to get off

    sheshh tell the truth games arnt addictive the pepople that play them that much are crazy thats all there is too it any sane person wouldnt play video games for an excess of 60 hours and expect to have a life.

  24. You can get addicted to games. However, if you play a game, you’re not addicted. You just play a game. I’m not denying it. I’m just saying this article states no references to any of the statistics on U.S. children. Studies show BOTH sides of the spectrum. as supported by the article below

    Anyone can state something, you just have to be able to support your statement with facts. Its not difficult to be writer… just difficult to be well researched, apparently.

    Anything can be dangerous if you utilize it too much. Except common sense. Good luck on the project. Hope you get/got a good grade.

  25. anonymous says:

    Yeah, I too when I was a kid. LOL

  26. curt says:

    In fact violent games interact with child.When children plays such games aggression arises within them.Many expert believes these destructive games become insensitive about death.

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  29. anonymous says:

    Are people who have hobbies they do on a more than regular basis addicts? Hobbyist is a term that comes to mind. Golf, sports, rock climbing or bowling are all hobbies. Just because one person thinks you spend too much time on a particular hobby or even if you do so because you enjoy it so much than is it really an addiction? Can you stop? Is it detrimental to your life, health or relationships? If not, and it makes you happy who cares as long as you find a balance that you can live with.

  30. anonymous says:

    perfect wording and spot on what should be true.

  31. anonymous says:

    i would agree with you. but i just want to point out that games developers are now using things like achievements and trophies to get people to play their games more. could slowly lead to people getting addicted to games just to get everything or could just be developers using this as a way of getting people to buy sequals to their games

  32. anonymous says:

    I think I will just sit in front of my tv like a numb zombie and watch it for hours…Blah! or instead I will stimulate my brain and solve puzzles, think through challenges or make good use of hand/eye coordination that video games have to offer!

  33. anonymous says:

    I’m researching a paper for school on pros and cons of playing video games. I’m 16 years old and I’m a girl. I’m in band and I play two sports at my high school. I’m also on the honer role and, in my school musical. and guess what…. I LOVE VIDEO GAMES! I play them almost everyday and you know what I’m not addicted to videogames I do sooooo many other things I have a life. you people are judgement and nieve. there are much worse things you kid could be doing then playing video games.

  34. anonymous says:

    REALLY!? your 16, you have no idea what your talking about. come back in about 10 years and then people will listen to you!

  35. anonymous says:

    you spell nive wrong, its naive, jeeeesus get it right. and fyi, its video games. not videogames, get it right. wtf seriously you are a chick and wow loner? get BACK TO THE KITCHEN and i am lmfaorolfing all over your face

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  37. anonymous says:

    You do know that there is NO concrete evidence supporting video game addiction, right? I have been researching this topic for nearly a year now for a thesis paper, and every research paper I have reviewed commented on the same fact, that there is still way to much research to be conducted to determine one way or another on game addiction. Yes, there are some negative drawbacks, but there are also ALOT more positive ones. My children 12,11 and 10 play video games for several hours a week. (this is not their only activity, all are involved within our community and play sports or some sort of other civic activity), but because I let them spend their free time how they choose (playing video games) that does not make them anymore less smart. In fact, both of my sons have the highest gpa in their entire school and my son has enough scholarships at the age of 12 to pay for his first two years of college. So I do not agree with your statement. I believe you should research a little deeper before making such a judgement.

  38. anonymous says:

    No offense but for being in the honOr roll you have some bad grammar that clearly is not an indicator of the positive effects of video games on your learning curve…. Just pointing that out

  39. anonymous says:

    you suck at spelling…just saying.

  40. anonymous says:

    I appreciate you sooooo much.. I’m doing a speech on video game violence and how it cannot be proven that violent video games have no true affect on children and you are the type of parent that I would love to interview and use as a source…

  41. anonymous says:

    this is probably the least intelligent article i have ever read

  42. anonymous says:

    WOW just like every other parent you feel your children are special but they are not just read the article your children are retard and we dont care so SHHHHHHH… LOL

  43. anonymous says:

    wow that was very rude just because they are young dont mean they arnt smarter than you. just because their young doesnt mean they couldnt put in their opinion everyone has the right to be heard maybe we shouldnt listen to you because your older and didnt grow up in the time we did. some of the greatest minds developed there theories and actions when they where younger. so maybe you should be a little open to younger generations to. instead of being stuck up your own butt.

  44. anonymous says:

    Wow, anonymous! Looks like you have been playing to many video games yourself. Your grammer is horrible. Lay off the text and go read.

  45. anonymous says:

    grammer? fail.

  46. smileyy says:

    Just because someone is bad at grammar doesn’t mean it’s down to playing video games. Also, i believe it’s spelt ‘grammar’ NOT ‘grammer’ so go and learn to write English before criticising someone else.

  47. Celine says:

    Wether or not the studies done on how video games affect the brain are controversial; the important fact people seem to be overlooking is that an average of 13-18 hours a week spent on video games is the equivalent of a part time job. Should our kids be on consoles this many hours a week? Or maybe it would be more beneficial to do something else, lets say a sport or hobby thats productive and stimulates the mind.
    On another note, if video games can be related to military training, by allowing our kids to play violent video games, are we training them for the military, are we training them for combat, are we training them for war?

  48. anonymous says:

    You might want to quote your source with these statistics. I’m not contesting their validity, it would just be nice in case someone wanted to use those statistics in a report or research paper (I being one such person).

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  52. anonymous says:

    I play ps3 only on the weekends. It is terrible, I’m stressed out, and i can not focus in school because im only anticipating the weekend. On the weekend (fri and sat) i play about 12 hrs. i play COD, Portal, mlb etc. When i played on the weekdays, it was a balanced system. My grades were higher, I didn’t play as much as I do now on the weekends. having the chance to play daily is better than only on the weekends. this is off-topic. but i just wanted to state a point

  53. Anonymous says:

    “According to a recent study of 1,178 children in the US, almost 9 percent of child gamers are pathologically or clinically “addicted” to playing video games.”

    Total bullshit. Video games are a great medium that will rival all mediums that we currently have and are a great educational tool that promotes imagination and innovation. People hate what they don’t know. So before you talk about the GTA’s and the CoD’s and the violence they portray, go learn something:

    The average age of a gamer is 32 years old.

    42% of games are Rated E for Everyone, only 15% is rated M for Mature.

    If you want to further educate yourself learn from those whom promote it as an medium.

  54. Anonymous says:

    I agree with your statement entirely. I have an 11 year old brother that is literally addicted to video games, mainly violent. He is on it almost 24/7. He has lately become more emotional and doesn’t take punishment well. He also has started becoming angry with me for no reason. Any solutions to get him unhooked?

  55. anonymous says:

    At the end of the day it all comes down to the parents of the children. think about it if a child does not have money to buy a game or the parent(s) decide not to get it for him because xyz who is the child going to argue with. If the child receives the game as a present the parent still has the final say because they pay the bills in the house and it is not a legal requirement that the child receives everything

  56. joe says:

    wow really? you believe that games are bad, well here is another side. i learned how to read from video games. i learned math, how to talk with manners, and how to think before i talk from video games. the game was very violent and i have yet to be in any murders. so whats the problem? i say parents have no control over there kids so they blame games.

  57. says:

    i’m pretty much sure you are not right in this issue, it’s already known fact that learning is beond everything.

  58. anonymous says:

    He died from lack of sleep and food. Seriously think logically. And dont pull the “my friend” thing, online when you say that it just means you are making it up.

  59. says:

    i love those games, i can’t stop playing. very apathetic

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  60. Jordan D says:

    Hm..Video games are really not all bad. Just think about it, your thinking about the game play. This promotes a healthy brain. You memorize the maps, where certain weapons are and think tactical options. That takes more brain power than the people who say “Video games are stupid”. All these stories stating video game violence related deaths/murders are just the same as music or movies. Your parents and the media find something to blame such as music, movies and now video games. When in fact peoples behavior very greatly depends on the type of environment people grow up in. Maybe video games are a stress relief just as music would be or even a movie. I can’t comprehend these simple minded answers of blaming something theoretical.

  61. Sam says:

    I do not personally believe any of this is true, seeing as just a few years ago I was probably playing more than 15 hours of gaming myself, and it hasn’t stunted my growth in any way, I am still a pretty smart guy. People can get addicted to most anything, gaming can teach you to work in a team, as well as increasing reaction time. And the part of the article that states “What child, after the excitement of 14 hours of video games each week, doesn’t get bored when faced with “spending time with grandma”, or some other activity that doesn’t provide intense stimulation?” are you saying that children should do boring things most of the time so that when they “go to visit Grandma” they’re not bored? Really? Because I think that is a terrible and ridiculously stupid prospect.

  62. Sheila says:

    I was in total agreement before seeing any statistics. I think we’ve all seen the glazed eyes of some kids playing (or all depending on the kids and the day), and at at least one time felt the wierdness of visiting friends and instead of playing in the real world our kids are on the computer, almost unaware of their friend as a person, but intensely aware of the game itself, and their next move. It looks like they’re in a trance. And many kids bring these things everywhere. I’ve seen these groups of boys- they’re not doing the rough and tumble things boys do, but they just sit there and play the games for hours. For those of us who don’t allow gaming for our kids, let’s have the strength to stand firm against the tide! And respect those who feel differently. I’ve know great parents who seem to do a wonderful job of limiting video games and encouraging healthy activities and their kids seem well adjusted. It’s not all or nothing to them and it’s not black and white to me. But we’re not getting any of these things anytime soon.

  63. anonymous says:

    really, just because u do something alot doesn’t mean that u are addicted to it. saying that is like saying that ur addicted to eating. im not saying that anything on this page is wrong or anything im fust saying that by saying people are getting addicted to videogames is like saying that ur getting addicted to pretty sure u dont die of an overdose of videogames

  64. ilovethevectrex says:

    i dont really agree. actually video games can be great. they can be used as a learning tool that is alot more fun than doing one of those work sheets at school. i collect old consoles and i enjoy it, i dont completly agree with this article. where/how did u find out this information? i need proof before believing what u wrote. i think video games are great, and can make education fun!

  65. anonymous says:

    thats not true some dude died because he sat in front of the Tv playing video games for three days. and another friend of mine went into a coma recently and it was due to excessive video game playing.

  66. anonymous says:

    Yet you may have better social skills if you weren’t always on video games. Yet you may be the one that isn’t on it all the time. And if that is it good for you.

  67. anonymous says:

    Thank you for this article definitly put things into perspective and it was very interesting. Some people may not agree, but no matter what everyone is going to argue with the facts. And i have played a few video games myself but not many. You do see a difference in the children I have worked with that do nothing but play video games. A moderate amount is great. But the real problem is how long we let the children in our society play them. This was much appreciated and helped me a lot with a papter I was doing. Thanks agian.

  68. anonymous says:

    Wow, you have to love the haters of video games. Video games have helped me connect to a dear group of friends that helped me get through school. We would meet at the local library then go to one persons house and play video games for a while. thats not all we did, we played football and other sports together and stayed out of trouble. This bond proved better then any training anyone could have when we entered a church flag football tournament and beat a varsity football team. None of us ever played for our schools or anything, yet the bond of video games brought us together.

    Suck on that you dumbass parents who take away the fun of video games for kids.


  69. barbed-up says:

    i think that video games are the future of learnig and that you are more capable of furiguing out problems u deal with in live because u already had to deal with some of them in a game so u know the outcome… btw email me if u are ready to play diablo-3!!!

  70. anonymous says:

    Yup it’s true

  71. Eason says:

    Is this true?:L

  72. anonymous says:

    Yeah this article is not very factual. A Michigan State professor did a survey on children that play videogames and it showed that child intrest and interaction with videogames actualy helps land a high paying job in the technological field

  73. anonymous says:

    the point is not that all video games are bad. the point is that violent video games can make SOME kids have the feeling that killing and stealing is normal. Now, keep in mind this is just some children but, even if it is 1/8 children who committed a crime was because of violent video games(which is true), its still 1 child, if you multiplied that by how many crimes their are, it’s scary that kids minds can be munipulated by things like that.

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  75. anonymous says:

    your crazy, playing video games does nothing to your brain. i am in 1st year university, i play video games more than 13 hours a week and i get straight A’s in school. i know many students who play video games and get straight A’s also. that report is ridiculous.

  76. anonymous says:

    Re: your crazy, playing video

    The word “your” should be “you’re.” You are probably trying to combine two separate words and not attempting to denote second person ownership. The word “I” should be capitalized when used as a first person pronoun. The text, “i am in 1st year university” is not proper English.

    I wonder if meeting requirements to complete a level in a game, and meeting requirements to complete (even with an “A”) a level or class in school is truly indicative of intelligence.

    I played too many games before. I realized that fundamentally, my entire time was spent fulfilling basic “yes” or “no” statements in logic sequences in the computer program. I found no tangible reward, and though I may have learned a small amount of history or of other subjects, my time would have been better used and more purposeful in studying those topics independently. Above all, be honest with yourself.

  77. anonymous says:

    Yeah right how could you have time to study? You say this report is crazy, you’re the one who’s crazy. Poofuss.

  78. Anonymous says:

    It is not all ridiculous. My 10 year old brother is experiencing all the symptoms listed above of this “addiction”. Just because you don’t experience it, doesn’t mean no one else does.

  79. anonymous says:

    “Furthermore, Japanese researchers found that playing computer games stunted the development of the frontal lobe of the brain in teenagers, which is a crucial part of developing impulse control.”

    Idiot. Next time obtain facts that make sense.

  80. James says:

    As a teacher, researching the field of learning development within computer games I find your logic fundamentally flawed. Yes generation X does have issued with old fashioned literacy, but how much l33t speak do you kn0\/\/?

    Gen X has different thought, concentration patterns to older generations and is far more capaple of adapting to a rapidly changing world.

    Just beacause you found no tangeable reward from gaming, doesn’t mean gamers would find your interests any more rewarding. Modern gamers find the lack of interactivity stifling in literature.

    Learning is far more about problem solving today and far less about knowledge, for example logarithm tables are a thing of the past.

    Just because this trend is relatively new and expanding it is not necessarily bad. There is a mountain of evidence to the contrary. Read Gee 2007 “What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy” it’s a good start to understanding something you clearly have a social disconnect with.

  81. Jenna says:

    I’m 20 and I have a little brother. I wish I could have gotten him to play outside with me more when we were younger. My mom thought it would even make him smarter. I’ve seen my brother turn more antisocial and self conscious and overweight because he doesn’t get out enough and he started at such a young age that it’s too hard to break the habit.
    Isn’t that enough of a reason? Why do you need all these facts and statistics? Watch what happens to your kids when you replace nature and imagination with a TV screen and remote. You are all fathers, right? My advice is spend time with your kids, give them enough attention and love that they won’t need an artificial video game to give them that.

  82. anonymous says:

    lol wow ok so video games may not stimulate that part of the brain but then again they say in there its a nintendo game which means selection is limited and according to this article that actually states what games were used video games can help learn and have helped students in english classes according to another article because most games are based off existing stories so they have an easier time relating to the story.

  83. Mail Order Video Game Rental says:

    For every study cited in this article there are other studies that show that video games are an effective tool for education and engagement. Also, “video games” is a huge general category – there are all kinds of games, and many designed primarily to be educational.

  84. anonymous says:

    Pshh this is ridiculous, Do you realize how complicated it is to play some of the games out there today? My parents can’t even figure some of them out. How could it not stimulate your brain? This was probably written by someone who has never touched a videogame console in their life.

  85. An Avid Gamer says:

    Note that Japan has very serious problems with its young men withdrawing from society due to extended amounts of time playing games, watching T.V. or surfing the web. However, video games are not at fault.

    You see, Japanese parents have had a very lax parenting model.

    Step 1: Give Jin Final Fantasy XIII

    Step 2: Ignore

    Step 3: ???

    Step 4: Profit

    I find this a pathetic attempt at taking blame away from the parents, and putting it on something that is unrelated.

    Perhaps the people with the under developed frontal lobe simply did not have enough love and attention from their parents? Of course, kids aren’t the parents resposibility. What a crazy thought!

    P.S. I learned to read at a very young age (before anyone else I knew at the same age) because of video games. Just a little food for thought.

  86. anonymous says:


  87. Anonymous says:

    Good one….

  88. anonymous says:

    Didn’t someone die From an addiction to WoW (World of Warcraft) I believe he wouldnt get off the game for several days to eat drink sleep or take care of himself at all. They had a funeral on WoW for him i believe if your interested in addictions and what the worst case senario is. FYI hardcore gamers im not suggesting that this happens to many people nor do i believe he had a physical addiction to WoW. I am saying that you have to be an idiot to be so mentally addicted to a game that you can’t function on a level fit for a human being. Oh and video games are good for you if any of you dont think they are…idiots…

  89. anonymous says:

    Does that make the child an idiot… Or the PARENT!!! There are alot of gamers in the world. but the addiction of gaming CAN be controled in the house hold. If the parent lets their child play games that much then it is the parent at fault not the child. if children where raised to play video games all day long that is what they are going to do. If children are ignored and all they do is play videogames that is what they do but parents like me who control how much they play and use it as a privlage they wouldnt be addicted to it. its like they think that video games and movies make kids more aggersive and more capable of going out and repeating the action. ofcourse that is true.. but its the parents job to control it and tell then what is good and what is bad and what is real and what is not. and acctualy according to statistics the kid and teen crime rate has gone down 40% in the last 5 years since they started releasing those new videogames.
    its not the childrens fault these things happen its the PARENTS!!!

  90. John Son says:

    The article is really awesome

  91. anonymous says:

    Thank you very much for the statistics!! I’m looking for topics to do a persuasive essay on. I think this will work just fine! All credit goes to you! thanks

  92. anonymous says:

    plaigurism and yes i playvideo games

  93. anonymous says:

    Video games are not all bad. They can be used in educatinal ways like for immigrants to learn a laguege. So how about you stop trying to make video games sound bad because thats how i learned English.

  94. anonymous says:

    How would you put stats on videogames and School grades?

  95. Eric Graham says:

    Hey Mark,

    You got it all right. I totally agree and it is very obvious that video gaming has taking control of our children’s attention. And letting them immersed in such a habit-forming activity can really decrease their chances of developing talents and skills they badly need as they grow up.


  96. anonymous says:

    Its a video game, basicly a slightly less active sport, callm down!

  97. Lord P F says:

    I dont think that by letting your children play video games will affect them too drastically, as long as you can control their overall behavior at home, and in school.

  98. Anonymous says:

    i agree…but up to a limit only. but letting children play video games for more time makes them addicted to it and makes them lazy and get deviated from their duties

  99. anonymous says:

    I agree with Well Informed. I am 18 years old, in college on a full ride scholarship that I received due to my academic achievement and extracurricular activities, and I am also in the Honors program at my school, and maintain a 4.0 or higher. Video games take up a lot of my time, especially during breaks, and I would not say I am addicted, but I still have a life. Several hours of my week go towards video games, and I would say I have been quite successful. In fact video games are the inspiration for my current essay in my Honors class, in which I maintain an A average. Also, I see no one has taken into account the fact that many children live with their parents in Apartment complexes where there is limited physical space and the children cannot play outside on the grass. Video games release children from the confinement of their physical environments by providing another world to explore and in which to test their abilities. Many games actually require thinking, like strategy games, which means the brain must be stimulated in order to defeat enemies and beat the games. Violent games are a good form of releasing stress. For example, if I am frustrated or stressed out about school I can play a fighting game and beat up on characters that do not actually exist. It is a safe healthy way of getting frustration out. Also, last time I checked the frontal lobe controls preferences and the motor cortex. Hand Eye Coordination say anything? My thumbs are pretty agile thanks to video games, which is kinda helpful considering a play violin and piano. As for other movements, Wii and Kinect. Children are forced to move when playing games on the Wii and with Kinect. The information in this is obsolete. And when playing an RPG, decisions are a huge part of the game. Oh and to make my point even more clear, my earliest memories are of video games. My entire family played Mario and Donkey Kong on NES. Since I could understand the concept, I have been playing video games with family and friends, and we have all been pretty successful with our lives. And yet another thing with stunting growth in the frontal lobe (preferences and the motor cortex) I did gymnastics for six years and my friends and I have done Tae Kwon Do for six years, two of them sparred and two of us trained in weapons. I would say our frontal lobes developed nicely, wouldn’t you?

  100. Matt says:

    I think this is one of the best most perfect examples of what i’m feeling, although I couldn’t put it into words. I myself am 16, and play (or to be more precise, playED, since my mom is absolutely poisoned against it) Team Fortress 2, and other valvE games. I am fully aware that this game can, and is, pretty violent most of the time. However, I also consider myself to be a fairly good student in High School. my lowest grade last semester was a B+ in Biology, and I had a lot going on at the time as well.

    My mom even compared violent video games to drugs, among other things in a rant against them. She used one of our friends as an example. He’s had past mental issues, but apparently he was also playing, you guessed it, Violent Video games. I suppose I wouldn’t have had trouble blaming his more recent episodes on these games, but his past problems, which were before his gaming, just try to explain that.

    Yes, I do play quite a bit of games, probably around 3 or so hours a day. But, I don’t only play Team Fortress 2, I play Portal (puzzle), Minecraft (completely peaceful and building-based), and the Civilization series, among other Real Time Strategies. But going back to the violence… I have never once gotten into a fight with anyone at school, or home for that matter. I have never plotted to kill or harm anyone, nor have I secretly been planning to overthrow the government or get a gun and bring it to school. That’s never crossed my mind.

    So, recapping here; I play ALOT of games, namely violent ones, but MAGICALLY, I do well in school, I get along with people AND have a life, and never gotten into a fight. Also, I am applying for a job in town where I go to school. So, i’m a typical kid. Also, to the comment I’m replying to, my family couldn’t really afford to get all of those lessons and classes, and I am very glad for you, and congrats on your scholarship- very impressive!

  101. Well Informed says:

    I am 17 y.o. and I play videogames about 5 times a week totaling 10 hours. I have plenty of real life friends. We play paintball, airsoft, football, baseball, hunt, and yes, we play LOTS of videogames. All of my friends make straight A’s and B’s. I consider myself a hardcore gamer. I can program in C#, C++, Python, and Javascript. I am not obese or a “wimp”. I am 6’3″ 225 pounds of muscle.I am currently writing a 10 page paper on the effects of video games(negative and positive) on children. I find your evidence flawed, biased and inconclusive. I find that if something is done in moderation and under correct parental supervision it is not harmful to the child. It is not the child or the video games that are “flawed”, it is the parents who fail to teach their children responsibility. Parents cry foul at videogames with harsh language, blood, and violence. I am currently employed part time at a construction site, and I see these things everyday in real life. Its sad, but thats the way the world is. If parents are so offended by the content of a game, DON’T buy it. Don’t ruin it for the rest of us with new laws, like the one that they tried to pass in California. I am sure video game addiction is real. ANYTHING can become an addiction. Take alcohol, drugs, eating, excercising, and working. I just ask that no one jump to biased conclusions without proper evidence and without thoroughly investigating the issue. Also, this is a blog, not an essay. It doesn’t matter whether or not you spelled something write.

  102. stefan says:

    Hey Well Informed – this is probably one of the best-written comments we have received on this article. You raise a number of valid points about the responsibilities parents have and the nature of addictions. Thanks for commenting!


  103. anonymous says:

    You are an extremely blessed kid to have such a great environment around you. I have done a couple different studies on the affects of video games on children and adults. I have found that there are both positive and negative results. However, the negative effects strongly outway the positive. What do we do then? Do we bash these games altogether? Of course not! Like you said, “ANYTHING can become an addiction.” Just because someone likes to have a glass of wine with thier dinner doesn’t mean that they are an alcoholic. This video game topic is important though. Many people will try to blame a lot of social, mental, and financial problems on video games. My sister lost her marriage due to her husband’s video game addiction. It’s a sad, sad story. So, what I’m gettting at, I guess, is that this is a topic that everyone should be a aware of so they can know how to responsibly handle it.

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