Quick Summary of the Effects of Video Games

Good article from LiveScience that summarizes the effects of video games on youth. My summary of the summary:

  1. Yes — there is such a thing as too much gaming.
  2. As with pretty much everything in life, certain people are more vulnerable to video game addiction than others. Although we know of the risk factors, by no means to we have a complete picture.
  3. Video games do have a tendency to cause young people to react more immediately to tense/bullying situations with violent/reactionary behaviors, as opposed to just walking away.

While it’s an overstatement to claim video games are bad for youth, this article and the accompanying research do support the idea that moderation is the key — as it is with pretty much anything.

 

Sexual Harassment Just as Harmful Online

Depressing but interesting read from the New York Times about the prevalence and harshness of the sexual harassment in online gaming. I wish I could say I am surprised, but not sure I can. It’s a “man’s world” in many of these games that involve violence, war, adrenaline. Add to that the disinhibition effect, and the rules seem to fall by the wayside. Fortunately, the article discusses how online gaming companies are trying to fight back. It also acknowledges that games that are more “clan” oriented seem to experience this issue less.