Effects of Computer Games

effects of computer games

Computer games have become a staple in many people’s lives. They are designed to be addictive and keep people coming back for more. While there can be benefits to playing some computer games, there are also many negative effects that come with playing them too much. In this essay, we will explore both the good and bad of computer gaming and how it can affect people’s lives.

There are many benefits to playing computer games. Some of these benefits include improving hand-eye coordination, increasing problem-solving skills, teaching strategy and tactics, relieving stress, providing education on history or other issues, allowing people to experience new things together as well as building friendships, and providing relaxation. These are just some of the many benefits that have been found from playing computer games.


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Computer games can be educational. Many school teachers use computer games in their classrooms because they allow students to practice valuable skills while having fun at the same time. For example, math facts video game players were able to gain a 23% increase in speed compared to those who did not play them (Prensky). This shows how computer games can improve academic skills. Another example is how middle school students who played a program called “Gravity Well” which required them to navigate a three-dimensional environment, were able to increase the students’ mathematical problem-solving skills by up to 4 percent (Sorota). This activity can be continued even after the program has been stopped too.

Experience things other than real life:

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Computer games also allow people to experience things that they might not normally get a chance to do in real life. For example, some computer games allow players to fly through the air or walk on another planet (Prensky 6). These are experiences that these players may never have otherwise gotten without this game.

Players are less stressed:

It has also been found that when people play video games for just 10 hours they feel less stressed than before they played the game (Sorota). This is because playing computer games can help to release adrenaline into the body, making people feel more relaxed.

Connect each other:

Many families play computer games together as a form of entertainment and as a way to connect. One survey found that out of over 1,000 gamers only 8% admitted to playing alone (Prensky). This shows how much fun it can be to play computer games as a family or even with friends. Some popular genres for these types of players include first-person shooter and roleplaying video games (Prensky 7).

Some Downsides:

On the downside, many negative impacts come from playing too many computer games. These effects might be considered problems if they continue to happen even after the game has stopped being played. Some of these negative effects can include lack of sleep, lack of exercise, eating too much or eating the wrong foods, becoming aggressive or violent, becoming addicted to computer games (which could lead to other problems like lying about how much they are playing), and loss of interest in school (Prensky).


Although computer games can have both positive and negative effects on people’s lives, they are still overall more beneficial than harmful. It is up to adults who care about children to monitor their playing time so as not to let it interfere with other things in their life such as exercise or sleep.

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