The Effects of Video Gaming



Codie Miller, Journalist

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In a survey  31 students  were asked if they thought that playing video games had a positive effect on teens. Twenty-one  students  believed  video games had a positive effect on teenagers. Reasons  given for this response were: video games keep the mind active, keep teens occupied, and help teenagers stay out of trouble. Ten students responded that playing video games had a negative effect because  gaming would lead to violent behaviors, suicidal thoughts, and bad relationships with their parents and friends. They also stated that in some cases, people actually got sick or died from playing too many video games non-stop or excessively. Research has shown that playing video games can have both positive and negative effects. Excessive gaming however, can lead to harmful effects both physically and emotionally.