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5 Answers to the ‘Gaming Is Bad For Kids’ Argument

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Posted August 10, 2016 by Felisha "Nightingale" Silva in Editorials
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As lovers of video games, it can be frustrating when all we hear about is the negative impact of the industry on children. And, no doubt, you might have experienced some of these slurs and arguments against gaming yourself. However, there has always been something of a witch hunt when it comes to video games, and that is likely to continue. All we can do is counter the naysayer’s arguments with facts of our own. Here are five answers you can start giving people when they say gaming is a bad activity for kids.

“It dulls the brain.”

We’ve all heard this one on numerous occasions. The media love to paint a picture of gormless teenagers doing nothing but playing with their computers. But, playing games stimulates the brain. It helps young kids develop critical thinking skills and improves their reading skills. And, of course, it helps them become master problem solvers. Too much video gaming is bad for youngsters – and adults. But in moderation? It’s a different story.

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“It’s unsociable.”

As consumers, we all know playing games provides plenty of social outlets. In fact, only 20 percent of people play video games alone. The online world offers plenty of interaction opportunities. Look at the news for a good example – we are now seeing gaming on the streets with the likes of Pokemon Go causing a storm. In fact, the new Pokemon title is the perfect example. It actively encourages social interaction. It also promotes exercise and encourages keener local knowledge of history and landmarks. Talk of banning the game is ridiculous. We should be giving children Pokemon Go tips instead, and encourage them to get out and about and meet more people.

“It’s not educational.”

Sorry naysayers, but you are wrong again. I’ve learned a lot from playing games such as Age of Mythology that I wouldn’t have had I not. AoM players know more about ancient cultures and they way people lived than many of the people slinging this particular argument! Besides, many schools are encouraging young children to play educational games, too. Gaming inspires learning – it doesn’t detract from it.

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“It’s not creative.”

People who say video games doesn’t need creative thought clearly haven’t been watching since playing Pong in the 1970s. You need to negotiate different environments and come up with clever solutions to tough and complex problems. In almost every game, you have to use your brain to problem solve. If this isn’t creative thinking in action, I don’t know what is.

“It’s not healthy.”

Again, we have to go back to the image of the stereotypical gamer here. No exercise, no sunlight, eating unhealthy food – we all know the picture. The truth is that there are an incredible array of games that get people up and out of their seats. We’ve already mentioned Pokemon Go, but there are fitness games, too. And, of course, the Wii range of consoles virtually require a need for basic fitness.

OK, so there you have it – some strong arguments for your armory. Let us know if you have any more suggestions!


About the Author

Felisha "Nightingale" Silva

Salutations! I'm Nightingale, also known to the internet world as 'Geek Mom of Awesomness'! I'm an avid gamer, artist, anime enthusiast, cosplayer, & blogger! I'm a huge Nintendo fan, & a Legend of Zelda fanatic. Growing up, while average little girls were busy playing with Barbies, I was busy mastering the Legend of Zelda, & battling Mother Brain on Super Metroid... I live for my family, my video games, and my art! Hey, wanna game with me? Here are my gamertags, feel free to add me! PS3: Myojin_of_Souls Xbox 360: xXSadisticaXx Wii U: SkywardPrincess

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