Vinluan: Ill effects of computer gaming on children

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By Bobby Vinluan

Sports Psychology

Thursday, May 3, 2012

THE world has changed since the inception of the microchip. It has changed man; it provided an easy access to almost everything and its features inevitably inviting. To most of the youth today, these microchips run gadgets, like the cell phone, iPods, and computer and has not only became a fad but a source of entertainment.

There’s no doubt the computer age has given this time line the advantages of development. “Easy Living” so to say, its effects changed living standards as well as lifestyles, its advantages brought about no less than what you call luxury. However, luxurious living is also a stimulus that can psychologically affect behavior from active into a sedentary lifestyle.

Given the easy access to a computer, gaming gadgets or simply a cell phone, gaming as described by others, provides positive mental enhancement to the individual, like the ability to strategize, solve problems and thinking logically. However, being addicted to it also has its ill effects.


Computer gaming to a child emphasizes and enhances a sedentary lifestyle which affects not only their physical wellbeing, but their behavior and attitude. Computer game addicted children show worsening behavioral changes because they adapt to deviant roles which make them uncontrolled, especially when playing.

Computer gaming is a stimulus, like other substances it is an agent which rouse the excitement of the child, which in turn, increases interest urging the child to be absorbed in a particular game. They take on the role of their game heroes thus motivating them from to continuously playing computer games.

Their continuous exposure, however, stimulates their feelings of adventurism, power, invulnerability, and expertise to always be on the upper hand and because of their attachment to CP games these feelings are carried out in reality and in the process result to behavioral changes.

Their internalization and conceptualization in their gaming experience with that of reality will result in their responses to immediate and compelling environmental demands which in turn becomes a stimulus for the changes in their character and attitude.

However, the components of a computer game are programmed, it is doable and still anchored on an experimental learning process. Although it introduces new experiences to children, their negative effect visibly affects the personality development of the child. If only the authors of computer gaming should have believed in Sigmund Freud, they should have known that “Personality development is a product of one’s childhood.”

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 03, 2012.


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