How do Violent Video Games affect Children's Brain Development?

Editorials News | Jul-28-2022

How do Violent Video Games affect Children's Brain Development?

During a Child's Life, Sports play a vital role in the personality development of Children. Sports have always been a way to relax and get relieved from stress with promoting the health of Children. But, now the place of sports has been taken by Video Games where the children are invested and indulged in mobile phones or computer systems and play virtual games. Video Games have made children leave all physical exercises and put them into a virtual world or digital life. Nowadays, children are more involved in playing violent video games for fun but there don't know about the profound effects that these Violent Games may put on Children's Brain and impact their Brain Development. Some of the major effects of "Violent Video Games" on any "Child's Brain and Personality Development" are:

1) Desensitization: This is a Psychological process that happens to all of us anytime we have repeated exposure to something. In simple terms, it means developing a habit for something and our senses become used to a certain exposure. This means we will become habituated to violent activities and actions.

2) Normalisation: It happens in conjunction with Desensitization but a little step farther. Here, our brain perceives violence over some time and gradually considers it to be normal. So repeated exposure to Violent Video Games can make that violence normal for a Child's Brain. As a result, The violent action portrayed in Video Games eventually becomes normal and casual for the Brain of the Child.

3) Addiction: The game developer create the game to keep the player engaged and playing so they build the games in a manner that makes them highly addictive because it changes the mood quickly.

4) Screen Time Consumption: The increased screen time and consumption of energy and resources is a vital effect that influences the Health and Mental state of any Child. It is one of the biggest concerns because besides being violent they become addictive hence, result in high screen time.

So, repeated Mental Exposure can transfer the experience into real-time which is bad for any child’s brain development.

By : Parth Aggarwal
S. D. Public School