Information Technology also known as “I.T” , refers to anything that related to computer technology , such as the internet , networking , hardware , software , or peoples that work with this technology . Research from UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute provide useful informations about the usage of video games on college campuses . These data shows that most of the college students play videos games regularly , and a small percentage use them as a primary means of entertainment and leisure . In the 2009 Freshman Survey, around 1% of respondents admitted to playing over 20 hours of videogames per week. Over 35% of the respondents stated that they play at least one hour per week
Influencing a child to exercise is not always easy. This task can turn out to be almost impossible if the child has become addicted to video games. I realize how peculiar that statement sounds, but it is something that does happen. I, myself at one time was addicted to a certain video game. For two years, I spent as much of my free time as I could on playing this game. If I was not playing the game then I was thinking about it, or talking about it. It got to the point where everything I did or said related to this game and even my friends, who played the game with me, started to notice and make comments. I realized then, that my life was going nowhere and I had gained ten pounds. Therefore, I smartened up and went back to college. Unfortunately, many young children and adolescents do not ‘smarten up’ on their own. These children need their parents help and support in order to cure their addiction. According to Child and Youth Health, “Young gamers have shown similar symptoms to people who have drug or alcohol dependence – an inability to stop playing, and withdrawal symptoms (anxiety, agitation) if they go without access to their gaming ‘fix’.” (Child and Youth Health) That sounds like an addiction to me. In addition, just like with any other addiction, there are harmful side effects. RSI stands for Repetitive Strain Injury. (Child and Youth Health) This painful condition can occur in the arms and wrists with prolonged, repetitive movements. Luckily, this side effect is not life threatening.
There are already few cases of death had been reported in the press . All linked to excessive play of video games. In the year of 2002 , a young man was found dead in the toilet of a cybercafe in Kwanju, South Korea . He was said to be previously glued to a computer, deprived of proper nutrition and sleep , also earlier in the same year, a mother in Louisiana sued Nintendo who caused her son suffered from seizures and consequently death. The report shows that he had play an average of 48 hours per week.
Long hours in playing video games can negatively affect teenager’s performance in their school or at work if they are preoccupied with their video games or failing to work at their optimum level because they are exhausted from a late night of playing video games . The Mayo Clinic notes that teenagers who devotes more than two hours a day to television or video games might have the troubles of falling asleep, have problems paying attention than teenagers who don’t spent as much time in front of the computer and video games .
Video games have ratings, just as movies and music albums do. Before purchasing, be sure to find out what rating the video game has and that it is appropriate for your child’s age group. Also, try to limit the time you allow your child to play. As we have seen, video games can affect children in some very negative ways. However, parents can avoid these issues by monitoring what games their children are playing and how long they play them.