Are Video Games Ruining Childrens’ Education?


Maddy Adkins, staff reporter

In recent years, video games have went from a fun, friendly activity to an almost harmful epidemic. Just like smart phones and social media, technology has become a sort of addiction.

In the past few months, there have been more google searches for Fortnite, Minecraft and Call of Duty than there has been of biology, mathematics or other school-related recreational subjects. The GPA’s of students all over America have dramatically decreased. With new access to tablets, computers and laptops in schools, students have been caught frequently playing games in school.

Not only has video games damaged children’s education, it is also damaging their health. Have you ever heard a parent or grandparent tell their child or grandchild to stop playing on their phone because it was “rotting their brain” and making them “lose brain cells”? Multiple studies have shown that it actually does. Too much screen time, whether it be television, a cell phone and video games can lead to schizophrenia, dementia, alzheimer’s, seizure or epilepsy, anxiety, depression and thoughts of or commission of suicide. A very common problem that has escalated over the years that corresponds with video games is an increase in anger, not being able to contain it at times and a growing amount of violence. Not only does screen time cause these problems mentally as well, but it also causes physical problems. People who play video games for extended amount of time are more likely to be lazy, not exercising or getting the nutrients that their body needs.

So, from now on, it’s good to regulate your screen time and stay healthy.