Major speech I had to give. I chose this topic.
Some teens admit to playing games for up to 20 hours in one stretch – so are these games bad for you or are they just harmless diversions from reality? These games can be used for stress relief and just entertainment but that doesn’t make games healthy for teens. It can cause addiction which is not healthy. Gaming is disillusioning, distracting, unhealthy and dangerous. Many people disagree but it has been shown that kids that play violent games end up having violent lives. Another thing that video games can do to teens is distract them from there school work. For those who are confused, yes, being distracted from your school work is a bad thing. Gaming is also very unhealthy for teens. Gaming causes sleeping disorders, eating disorders and social disorders, but then again so does homework.
Gaming is very disillusioning. It gives teens a false impression that they have actually accomplished something even though its completely useless in real life, like homework. For one thing it can make kids feel almost as if they are invincible. Or at least that if they die, its not permanent. This could lead to some very stupid things. Another thing is they start to believe that these games are real. Imagine a generation of teens that believe that witches, dragons, goblins, and elves exists and that LOL is a real word. These games rob teens of real life experiences such as riding bikes, hanging out with friends, or seeing real people, like homework. With no real life experiences, teens will have no memories to look back on in their reclining years when they are too old to even turn on a computer or any other game console.
Gaming is also very distracting, keeping teens from doing their homework. Of course some teens say homework is keeping them from their games. Either way they end up failing at school. Gaming also keeps teens from participating in sports which causes them to fail at life. If they don’t do their homework or study, they fail their tests, bomb their quizzes, flunk 3rd grade for the 8th time and end up flipping hamburgers at McDonald’s for the rest of their life. These kids have no social life. They may think they do but they don’t. That really hot, blonde 17 year old girl that they think they’re dating online? Its probably a 40 year old man or a group of really bored 14 year old boys. If teens are too busy gaming then they can’t enjoy real things in life such as reading a book or visiting family, but then again homework prevents these things too.
Teens who play violent games, as most games are, tend to be violent in real life. Studies have shown that kids that play M rated games are more likely to become delinquents that kids that haven’t. This is a serious issue. These games, much like homework, are causing teens to do violent actions such as throw pine cones at cars, hit siblings, throw rocks at joggers, and bite their mothers. They could even get so frustrated with their games, or homework, that they could kick a hole in their bedroom wall! I may or may not have done that. If a teenager isn’t doing his or her homework because they are too busy gaming, they will end up failing school, not getting a good job, a good house or a Porsche.
Gaming is unhealthy for teens as well. It causes teens to eat poorly, resulting in fat build ups, to not exercise right, resulting in fat teens, and sleep poorly, resulting in brain damage, like pop quizzes. It robs teens of their spare time to do other things that are healthy, much like what homework does. Unlike homework though, games allows you to escape into a fantasy world where all physical laws are changed and gives you a false delusion on the world, like weed, which is illegal… hm… Also teens develop physical conditions due to gaming. Many gamers develop eye problems due to staring at a screen, or tiny print in textbooks, all day. Some other conditions would include seizures, arthritis and carpal tunnel which are caused due to much typing while playing games, or doing homework.
But there is a solution! Games, like homework, can be okay for teens… in moderation. Many, many people think that 40 hours of gaming a week is too much. So if one was to limit teens gaming times to say an hour a day, and homework maybe 15 minutes, a teen can be a healthier, nicer and generally more happier person.