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7 NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF VIDEO GAMES

INFORCART | by sam


Video games can be a great pastime. However, video game addiction can cause many problems. The negative effects of video games include our minds, physical connection, job performance, and more. It is crucial to remember that video games are not inherently bad. Most of the side effects of video games cause by overuse and intoxication. Here are



seven negative effects of video games:

  • 1. Dopamine Addiction
  • 2. Lack of Motivation
  • 3. Frequent Stress Injuries and other Health Risks
  • 4. Poor Mental Health
  • 5. Alexithymia and Emotional Stress
  • 6. Relationship Issues
  • 7. Poor Academic or Professional Performance

Let’s elaborate on each of these effects and See how we can counteract the negative effects of video games.




1. Dopamine Addiction


When you play video games, your brain occasionally explodes randomly, releasing a constant supply of dopamine. Over time, your brain becomes accustomed to this constant supply of dopamine. It prevents you from enjoying anything that is not as stimulating as a video game. Even if you try to give up gaming, your mind will lead you to other kinds of excitement, such as browsing YouTube or scrolling through social media.


2. Lack of Motivation


Video games have hacked the Triumph circuit. What we want from video games is what we want from life. We want passion, adventure, friendship, conquests, and status. Games have found a way to serve us with a little effort on our part. As a result, a person’s ability to engage in the winning circuit is affected when they can only engage with video games.


3. Alexithymia and Emotional Stress


The amygdala becomes active when we experience fear, anxiety, shame, or other negative emotions. The amygdala is the ingredient of the brain that controls these negative emotions. The constant pressure of negative emotions can lead to a condition called alexithymia. Traumatic experiences imprint on our memory, and we learn from them. However, people find it difficult to stop playing video games because their amygdala does not easily communicate with their hippocampus.


4. Frequent Stress Injuries and other Health Risks


Repeated stress injuries (RSIs) are relatively common among gamers. Gaming requires strenuous, repetitive movement on the hands and wrists (sometimes at the end of the hour). These movements can cause swelling and injury. Again, it should come as no wonder that obesity and nutrition are high-risk factors for gaming. There is also some preliminary evidence that excessive playing of video games can lead to obesity in adolescents


5. Poor Mental Health


Video games do not necessarily cause mental health problems. However, if you are already suffering from depression, anxiety, or other mental illnesses, you may be at higher risk of video game addiction. It is because video games affect your brain.


6. Relationship Issues


Relationship issues are a common problem between gamers and their families due to playing too many video games. As people become more and more accustomed to video games, they begin to ignore other parts of their lives. The first part of going is healthy and supportive relationships with family, friends, and loved ones.


7. Poor academic or professional performance


People who play many games don’t focus on their jobs or school. A cross-sectional and lengthy study of adolescents in secondary school showed a negative correlation of screen time with school success a year later, independent of their physical activity, age, gender, and socioeconomic status.

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