Agurchand Manmull Jain College

(A Unit of Sri. S. S. Jain Educational Society)(Affiliated to the University of Madras)
Meenambakkam, Chennai – 600 061.

Agurchand Manmull Jain College

(A Unit of Sri. S. S. Jain Educational Society)
(Affiliated to the University of Madras)
Meenambakkam, Chennai – 600 061.

Gaming and its Effects on Today’s Youth

By Jeshwanth R Temkar

Gaming has become a widespread pastime among youth across the globe. With the advent of technology and internet, gaming has become an accessible and affordable form of entertainment. However, it has been a topic of controversy and debate when it comes to its
effects on youth. In this article, we will explore both the positive and negative impacts of gaming on youth and how it affects their lives in myriad ways.

Positive Effects of Gaming on Youth

Gaming has some positive effects on youth. It enhances their cognitive skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, and decision-making. It helps develop hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, and visual acuity. Some games require teamwork, communication, and social skills, which can help youth develop these attributes. Gaming can also be an excellent stress reliever for the youth. Studies have shown that gaming can help decrease anxiety and depression, especially during times of stress. Moreover, gaming can provide an avenue for self-expression and creativity. Some games allow youth to create their own characters and worlds, which can be a source of satisfaction and achievement.

Negative Effects of Gaming on Youth

Gaming also tends to have negative effects on youth. The most common concern is addiction. Addiction to gaming may lead to neglect of essential activities such as schoolwork, physical activity, and socialization. Excessive gaming may result in physical problems such as
obesity, eye strain, and back pain. The impact of violent games upon youth cannot be overstated. Studies have underscored the fact that exposure to violent games can increase aggressive behavior, desensitize youth to violence, and decrease empathy. Violent games can affect their mental health, leading to anxiety, depression, and other psychological problems. Excessive gaming also affects the social life of youngsters. It leads to social isolation, which in turn halts their social and emotional development. Compulsive gamers experience cyberbullying, online harassment, and addiction to social media platforms related to gaming, leading to mental health problems.

In conclusion, it is safe to assume that gaming can have both positive and negative effects on youth. On the one hand, it can enhance cognitive skills, provide stress relief, and be a source of self-expression. But on the other, it entails a range of physical, mental-health, social, and behavioral problems. Therefore, it is essential to set limits on gaming time, encourage physical activity, and monitor the types of games that youngsters play. Additionally, parents and guardians can provide alternative forms of entertainment and engage in activities with their children to promote healthy behavior and socialization.