Letter - Iskandar

Dear...Person


The debate about the positive and negative effects of video game has been waged since video games have come on the scene. Each side of this debate tries to prove its case in what has become a battle for children's minds. For every positive trait video games may have, there is an equally bad negative trait. Video games can be linked to several extremely troubling social problems facing the community today. It is ultimately for you to decide, so here are some turning points for you to ponder on.

Obesity

Video game usage has been linked to the problem of obesity in people. The longer people are sitting playing video games, the less likely they will go outside for exercise. Also, video games are not unlike television in that eating and drinking bad food almost go hand in hand with them. In order to make sure that this doesn't happen, monitor the length of time your people play video games and the food that they eat while doing it. Make them go outside if they are playing for too long.



Violent Tendencies

People (Teenagers for you) who play violent video games tend to blur the line about what is fantasy and what is acceptable in reality when it comes to violence. There have been several acts of deadly violence, such as the Columbine massacre, in which the perpetrator had played many hours of violent video games. Some people are not able to understand the difference between what is on the screen and what is reality.



Social Isolation

As people play video games for a longer period of time, they begin to lose socialization skills. They get so caught up in the video-game world that they no longer desire one-on-one human company. True, many video games allow the player to interact with other players via the Internet, but these other players become part of the game itself and there is no real contact between two bodies. Parents should look out for their people becoming increasingly withdrawn into the video-game world.



Drop in School Performance

Playing video games for long hours may cause people to neglect their studies. There is a correlation between time spent playing video games and the decline in academic performance. The video games act as an addictive substance that causes the user to neglect other areas of the his life. Parents need to monitor their grades and look for a connection with excessive video-game playing.



So I want to assure you that you stop this gaming habit as it may cause a huge impact on your life, and will be regrettable. I approve of playing Video Games, as we all need it, but not overly. It, like everything else, is bad when you have too little and too much of it.

Regards,
Not Bob

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