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How does video games affect people?

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== == Not a thing stated above is true at all. They do not cause memory loss, anger, or even swearing. And no genuine health magazine on Video Games will state that it destroys parts of the brain. Those are all groundless statements based on the likely fact that the poster above probably doesn't like video games for his or her own reasons.

In fact, it HAS been proven that video games IMPROVE some of your brain's functions (and destroys, in fact, NONE of them).

For one, games involving constant motion and control (most older side-scrolling games, flight/driving simulators, etc.) will improve hand-eye coordination and reaction time. Most useful skills to have when driving, as both help you avoid hitting other vehicles/objects on the road if you simply remain attentive while driving.

First Person Shooters like Halo improve the brain's ability to pay attention to detail... logical, really, since you really have to pick out the little things on-screen when playing First Person Shooters.

Tetris, as a classic example, improves the brain's ability to make things fit together (both literally, as in shapes, and figuratively, as in problem-solving). Other such games like Intelligent Qube have similar effects.

Games that require physical movement such as Dance Dance Revolution or Wii Sports not only help the brain, but the body as well. Score another point for video games.

Guitar Hero reduces the need to think about the coordination of strumming/fretting motions, and builds finger dexterity for both hands, thus actually helping to (somewhat) improve the guitar skills of beginning guitarists (I speak from experience as well, since I myself am a guitarist whose skills have been improved by this game).

So YES, Asker of the Question, video games DO help the mind; and NO, First Poster, they DO NOT destroy it. Nor do they cause school shootings or any other type of violence and/or anger management related problems.

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While anything might influence the choices that we make, video games, as well as any other type of media, do not control our minds. They can, however, become addictive to the point of monomania, and there is anecdotal evidence that they can shape the user's behavioral concepts (especially in teens).

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They do not control people's minds, but they can influence them, just as movies or books can affect thoughts and perceptions.

Because video games and online games are the newest types of media, and the most interactive, some in society will try to blame the modern world's problems on them. But they are not the only influences capable of affecting how individuals see and interact with others.

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There is mixed opinions and medical literature on this topic. Generally speaking, children who have violent tendencies are more likely to play violent video games and most children are able to discern between a video game and reality. In some cases, some children are not able to discern this difference.

More research is planned into this topic and more scientifically valid research will be available in the future.

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My mother gave me a assignment to research video games affecting your brain/mind. This is what I found out: It will desensitize you to death and your eye sight will get better, but you may find yourself not doing work because of it.

So..... Do video games affect minds/brains?

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Well, that depends on what video games you play, and how long you play them. For example, if you play a rated E or E 10+ game for an hour a day, it will be perfectly fine for your mind. Still, many people are debating if violence in video games is bad for young kids, because there is no proof that it is a bad thing. But will poison your mind no matter what is if you play for a long time each day, then you will become addicted to the game, your eyes will hurt, and it will "poison your mind."

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yes 10000000 people get their minds taken from it.

Answer: Only in the same way that other media such as books or television may influence people. Less, in most cases since unlike many books or TV programs, games have no agenda other than to provide sufficient enjoyment to sell many copies and ensure a future in the franchise

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Playing video games or going on the laptop before bed isnt 'bad' for you, but it will be a lot harder to get to sleep as you will still be in your video game world - trust me I know - Your eyes instead of feeling tired and relaxed pop open and you find yourself trying to get to sleep with your eyes open.

As well as this, they've given me a really bad headache after going on them for a couple of hours a day. It is also quite bad for your eyesight as you have to strain your eyes - although others may argue that reading a book also does this...

Video games aren't 'bad' for you, there just not very good for you. The fact that you're sitting on your bum, and not getting much excersize isn't a nice thought.

We can all play video games without it really having a big impact on us - but playing them for a long stretch of time is bad for you.

As well as this, some people can go to extreme measures, as to living in the game world and almost forgetting to live in the real world because the whole time there not on the video game they are only thinking about going back on it. But, going on it for a half an hour a day as well as getting excersize probably wouldn't have a big effect at all.

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Some people say that video games will damage your brain but that is only when you play for like half of each day.In fact, video games help improve handicoordination skills.

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