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How Destructive Are Video Games to Child Development

The distortion of a child’s development by video games has been the subject of many research topics in both North America and Europe. These studies focused on what it is about the interaction between the video games and the children through a variety of phases and time intervals. What has been proven to be factual is that there are certain time frames in which the videogame stops being just a pleasant and fun activity and turns it into an inhibitor to learning and development in the child. Many studies have also supported the videogame industry to be quite neutral and have said time and time again that up to three hours of video game play every day showed little to no effect on the learning disability and the child’s development as a whole. It is a fine line between fun and negative learning skills in the video game world.

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Children’s toys have always been seen as pre-occupiers of both time and space in a young child’s life. While these toys and associations can and do normally fulfill a very great need in the child’s daily activities, the notion that video games are not destructive to a child’s developmental learning pattern is nonsensical at best. The videogame industry has bombarded the media and has the fat pockets to do this quite well with biased stories and false research claiming that video games actually are beneficial to a child’s early learning years. Other than hand-eye coordination issues and some learning in the form of quick decision making and judgment the videogame industry is devoid of any real educational benefit to the child.

Purdue University
The data that has come back from one certain decade-long research endeavor at Purdue University concluded that videogame play if absent from a child’s life would show a much improved general overall learning matrix in that child. What’s important about studies such as the Purdue one is that contrary to the markets indicators that video games are at best an unofficial neutral instigator to the child’s early developmental learning system, the use of Xbox as PlayStations and even Wii to a certain degree, has been seen as demonstrative to the child.

Child is Given the Opportunity to Learn
It is of great importance that a child is given the opportunity to learn and not have that golden chance masqueraded in the form of a video game. There needs to be a return to the basic structure of children’s play in outdoor natural activities or interior play sets. The time that your own children are spending in and with their game-playing activities through video games is something that needs to be discussed as a family and with all the proper data back from the research groups as support. It is only then that the unique decision on whether or not to allow the younger children of the family to even visualize the video games will be unique to that family’s core learning values.
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