“Video games cause violence!”
That is a myth so let’s get that out of the way real quick. There is no evidence to support this claim, according to a recent social psychology class at the University of Central Florida.
Now that we know video games do not necessarily lead to violence in children or teenagers, let’s dig a bit further. Are video games actually beneficial to play? Do the pros outweigh the cons?
As I write this, I will admit, I am playing Pokemon Go. I mean, I have incense active and a lucky egg. Am I just supposed to put it away? NO! So con, it is a distraction. There is no argument against that. Especially if you are a competitive person and your girlfriend currently is beating you in the game. (Ahem, Kerri).
I don’t know about you all, but whenever I get into a game and I playing it with friends I become a lot more competitive. I want the best of everything! If you’re like me in anyway, I recommend to sticking to one game at a time. Currently, I am playing two different games, Destiny and Pokemon Go. It is not easy trying to be the best at both with all of my other responsibilities.
So what is a pro? It’s fun and brings entertainment to you and your friends! (UPDATE: Just evolved my caterpie). Not only does video games bring entertainment, but they relieve stress (unless you are a rager) and can give you a much needed break from work! Pro #2!
Now let’s talk about the extremists. I’d say I am close to them. But I am talking about those people who play Pokemon Go and spend tons of money on the game and have every Pokemon. I am also talking about the ones who stay on the Xbox 24/7 (used to be me when I was 13). I think if you have reached that point, as long as you are happy and you have the money to spend yourself by all means go for it. However, I would not recommend somebody doing it just because it takes up a lot of time and you won’t get to experience the world. You only live once! Start a food fight!
That happy medium.
That’s where you want to be. And you need to find it if you really love playing video games. Don’t get too attached to where it takes all of your money and don’t spend your entire life on the game.
Realize when it is time to study and not to play video games even though all of your friends are playing.
Last but not least, my best advice from my experience, is if you are focused on school and going to college, pick one game that all of your friends play and stick to it. Playing tons of different games (especially when you are like me and competitive) is very hard and frustrating because you simply do not have the time.
Happy Catching! Comment below your favorite game and tell me about it! 🙂
Peace out Eagle Fam