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Video Games Won’t Rot Your Child’s Brain

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Video Games Won’t Rot Your Child’s Brain

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Story By: Peter Lopez, Entertainment Editor

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Video games play a huge role in the lives of gamers around the world. The medium has blossomed into a multimillion dollar industry. Despite this, video games are often thought of as a waste of time–if not outright demonized by parents. But the research suggests that video games aren’t harmful, but helpful. An outlet for aggression rather than its cause.

Players should continue to play their favorite shooters, horror games, match 3’s, and button-mashers to their heart’s content. Hey, they can even dust off that really old Dance Dance Revolution mat for old-time-sake.

According to the Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, the peer-reviewed journal suggested that in 2016 “video games might not lead to aggressive behavior, and suggested that playing video games may even help children express their aggression.”

During the study, 3,195 school children, residing in six European Union countries with ages ranging between 6-11, only “20 percent of the children played video games more than five [hours] per week,” which is the norm in this day and age, especially with free-to-play games like Fortnite, Pokemon GO, and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

Video games can also do wonders for the human mind, body, and soul. They can allow you to break new ground and maybe even save your life. For example, according to the SPPE, individuals who played video games for an extended period of time were able to show lower signs of social disorders and fewer thoughts of death, which is nothing to sneeze at.

So it’s about time, my fellow gamers, that we stop feeling as if video games are such a negative thing. We must instead take back our beloved pastime from those who believe it to be incredibly negative. So, let us continue our tireless efforts through dungeon raids, further progress within hour-less grinds through loot and fetch quests, lift up our controllers (or keyboards if you swing that way) and stand proud as gamers of the world.

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