We’ve all heard our parents’ many sayings: “Stop playing video games, they’re not good for you” or “If you keep playing video games, you’re going to get stupid!” I’m here to prove that these are wrong. Video games are not always mindless pictures that are placed on the TV or computer so that your child can become zombies. In fact, video games can have many positive effects.
There are two main positive things that video games do: provide interaction and inspire creativity. Each has different effects on the child. By watching both and really understanding them, parents can make the right decision about video games.
Benefits of Video Games For Adults
First we created interaction. It’s just what it says. The video game provides a way for the child to interact with something. It’s a lot better than just watching a TV show or movie. They don’t sit there mindlessly. They really need to think about what they’re doing. Many games offer a surprisingly entertaining and educational amount of problem solving. This is very good for stimulating the child’s mind and making them think outside the box. It’s a much easier process to get them to do this than a bunch of pointless homework word problems.
How do you know that interaction is positive? Watch the latest TV shows for kids. In most, if not all, the child interacts in some way. Some shows make the child dance, jump or move. Some ask their questions or have them sing along. The list goes on and on as to how they benefit the child’s learning. A lot of video games are like that. Even non-educational video games provide a healthy amount of learning and practice for the mind.
More importantly, for me as a writer, I find that video games provide a great deal of inspiration in creativity. I grew up playing video games. It’s not all I did, not only did I sit on the couch all day playing them, but I did play my part. Did it have a negative effect on me? I do not think so. I did well in school regardless of the video games. I stayed healthy regardless of the video games. I got interested in writing from the video games.
Why Video Games Are Good For You
Video games provide children with a lot of information. In my case, and probably like many others out there, I was inspired by them. I took plots, characters, worlds and everything I liked about them and started writing my own stuff. They made me creative and developed my own stories to tell. At first it might have been similar tweaks to the game since I was young and still not that experienced in writing and reading. But like books, video games have helped me develop my ideas in my head and focus on a path of motivation and creativity.
I hope parents don’t stop their kids from playing games. They must allow this, but of course with supervision and direction. Not every game out there is good for a kid. Parents need to know what their child is playing. They need to see what the games are about. They can help the child in more than an educational way. It could make them a more creative person, and even increase their self-esteem and interest in writing and art, as it did for me. The parent should even try to play the video game. It’s never too late to be inspired by them.