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Video Games vs. Academic Life

Ian Sutliff, Staff Writer

There are many debates on whether or not video games are too much of a distraction for students. Some of these arguments are that video games are too violent or are too addictive, causing students to slack off.

On the other hand, studies have found that video games can facilitate team-building and communication because of multiplayer options in most games. Multiplayer games provide a platform for individuals to socialize and work together for a common goal to win the game. In essence, playing on a team with other people is good for social development. People who tend to have better social skills have higher self-esteem, higher achievement in school, higher affinity for group projects, and good peer relationships. Junior Felix Li said, “I once was an extreme introvert. However, after playing multiplayer on games like CS:GO and TF2, I’ve been more extroverted and open to my peers.”

Another reason that video games are beneficial to school is that they can help people relax. Playing video games are intended to be fun and is a good way to let off some steam and alleviate stress. Giving your mind time to rest after having school for the last seven hours allows your mind to refresh before starting homework.

Even though video games seem like they might not actually be that bad for students and their academic performance, there is also a strong argument for why students should try to minimize their time on video games. Playing video games on weekdays can cause a huge distraction for many students. Many tweens and teens would rather play video games than do homework.

Video games can be very addicting, causing students to either skip assignments or to rush through those so that they can maximize their time with games. Sophomore William Lee said, “I had to delete Clash Royale off my phone since it took up almost all of my time.” The best decision for students to make is just to play video games on the weekend if they have little to no homework. While this can be tough for students to only play games for three days of the week, it is more important to do well in school than on a video game.

To sum up, as senior Warren Yuan puts it, “A moderate amount of video games is beneficial. However, if it takes over your life like Simcity has done to mine, delete it immediately.” Video games can be beneficial in developing social skills and relieving stress, but when played in excess, they might take over your academic life. All in all, play games in moderation to reap the benefits.

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