Psychological Effects of Playing Video Games


Playing video games is the most common leisure activity these days. Even young children are playing video games regularly. Although playing video games helps in improving memory, increasing multi-tasking, and building your focus. But when played more than recommended, it affects your psychological functioning and makes you socially isolated, emotionally and educationally poor, and highly impact your relationship with your peer group. 


A video game is defined as “a game which you play with an audiovisual apparatus and is based on a story” (Esposito, 2005). In the past few years, the research in this field has increased because the number of users is increasing day by day. When you play video games regularly and excessively you become addicted and because of this addiction, your family becomes tense. In DSM 5 it is characterized as Internet Gaming Disorder. 


Studies have shown that children who play violent video games are more aggressive in nature. There are quotes that say that violent video games create violent children. Violence may yield negative effects on the psychology of the child that violence is the only answer to anything and everything in the world. Earlier there were studies which were pointing that children who played violent games turned out to be more aggressive in nature. But some studies show that they don’t have any effect on the person’s psychology. The cause of this aggression may also be the environment around the child or in which he is reared. Parents should see if their child is behaving differently while playing such games, then they should stop the violent games and make his attention to some memory games, etc.


It is shown that video games improve attention. Studies have shown that playing video games improves the attention of the gamer. In one study it was shown playing video games improved the selective attention of individuals. Video games are presented with lively environments and in some, there are only a few items on which focus needs to be paid. 


Gamers say that they are not addicted to video games, but that’s not the thing. There is a difference between a love for games and an addiction to games. If you spend more time playing games you are considered an addict. When it starts interfering with your education or job then it’s considered an addiction. As long as you play a limited amount each day, it’s not an addiction and it will also have benefits instead of negative effects.

It's shown that playing video games will improve your memory. Studies have shown that playing 3d video games have shown an improvement in older adults. It can also reduce the mental signs which are due to aging. Some researchers have claimed that sustained attention has also improved because of playing video games. 


Positive effects of playing video games:


  • Memory improvement 

  • Enhancing multi-tasking ability

  • Increase attention and concentration

  • Builds focus 

  • Builds problem-solving techniques


Negative effects of playing video games:


  • Losing social interest

  • Increase laziness

  • Impacts relationships

  • Increasing aggressiveness 

  • Impacting mental health


It can be concluded that playing video games is a bit of a complex task to do and it may have positive as well as negative effects on the gamers. 


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