Video games are fun, there's no doubt about that. But are they good for us or bad? Let's look at both their drawbacks and merits.
Okay, let's look at the bad news first. Video games are extremely addictive. They're designed to keep you on your toes to make you want to keep on playing. Sort of like how cliff hangers make you want to immediately watch the next episode of a TV series.
But even worse, they have the ability to make you feel like you're accomplishing something but the reality is your life stays the same. This adds to the addictive element of video games.
How Much Should You Play?
Unless you want to become a professional gamer, playing 40 hours a week is probably too much.
Remember, you have other areas of your life you need to take care of. You also need to address your health, finances, relationships, personal development, intellectual development and many other domains.
I recommend you play only around 25-30 hours weekly (or less which is even better). If you're someone who already plays 35 hours weekly or more, then I suggest that you decrease that gradually every week.
Now here's the good news. Playing video games have been proven to have a lot of merits. Here are some of them:
Playing video games,
- encourages you to explore
- boosts your cognitive skills
- pushes you to be persistent
- develops your problem-solving abilities
- teaches you how to cooperate with others
And of course, they're fun.
Not only can you use them for entertainment, you can also use them for improvement. And aside from these, they can also be a good tool to spend quality time with your loved-ones. And so, it is indeed possible to be productive while playing video games.
In my estimation, video games aren't all that harmful. You just need to have strong discipline in order to moderate your use of them.
Don't let playing video games be the center of your life, because there's more to you than that. Play the game of life and become a hero in the real world. There's no game that's more exciting to play than that!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Ferd Horus
Millicent Okello from Nairobi, Kenya on February 09, 2021:
Don't let playing video games be the center of your life, because there's more to you than that. Play the game of life and become a hero in the real world. This has become my punchline. Thanks for this informative article Ferd Horus.