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Do Video Games Affect Academic Performance?

March 16th, 2017

From the late 1900s up to today, video games have been introduced into our everyday lives. Studies have determined that staring at a screen for hours on end per week can cause minor eye strain and more; but are there any positives to playing video games?  With our interviews, we have been asking both year 9 and sixth form students about their experiences in gaming and have found some interesting information regarding how it can affect school work and students achieving high grades for later life.

A quick search online will draw up thousands of stories that depict video games as bad for you; negative side effects range from eye strain to a total lack of social skills. Many argue that it can reduce social interaction and can rob gamers of their real life experiences.

Converse to this, there are also arguments that suggest users you can learn lots of useful things. History-based games teach gamers about how people acted and lived. Also, puzzle games can increase intelligence and improve reflexes as well as hand-eye co-ordination. So, not all games are bad for the user’s health and wellbeing; some teach useful skills and talents.

We asked a pair of sixth form students at Valley Park School about their opinions on this topic. When asked whether they believe that extended play on video games link to underachievement, they said, “Yes and no, because video games act as a distraction from school work but could potentially make people more alert.” Hearing this made us think whether video games really do affect academic achievement around the world.

We found that in the U.S., average gaming time weekly in 2011 was 5.1 hours. 2 years later in 2013 that sky-rocketed to 6.3 hours, meaning that gaming is becoming widely popular among teenagers. When asked whether their game-time does affect their work, sixth formers suggested that it often makes them miss homework.

It was also found that extremely violent and very realistic games can cause anger issues and some can cause the player to become too hooked in the video game world which can cause them to believe violence is good in real life situations. 


By Bailey and Kieran


Filed under: BBC News School Report Posted at 16:17

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