Is The Stigma Of Gaming Deserved?


One only needs to type video games in their search bar to find numerous articles, statistics and news about the bad influence video games have on children and the negative impact gaming has on our society. The media has yet again disappointed by circulating hypotheses without taking their time to verify the truthfulness of what they are saying and the news that gaming is responsible with the misbehavior of our kids and the violence in schools spread like wildfire, the article headers becoming more brutal and wild in their assumption with each day passing and causing panic among parents. There is nothing to gain by putting down gamers and the whole gaming industry, on the contrary, parents that listen to the news and do not trust their children will only damage the parent-child relationship and possibly lose their authority in the long run.

The most disturbing fact is that gaming was not proven to affect players like the published statistics presumably showed, not even the most violent video games are in fact affecting the behavior of the players. On the contrary, video games generally teach good ethics and morals, provide stress release and help payers gain a set of skills useful in real life such as multitasking and longer attention span. Visit any gaming site and you will also notice that video games players are more likely to take on challenging tasks, not to mention that they learn that they need to work hard to achieve their desires.

Older video games players are also shunned by the society that considers games unfit for an adult. It has become common knowledge that gamers are “addicted” and “do not have a life”, are good at avoiding “responsibilities” and are too “childish” to be trusted with anything. However, if you stop to think about it, there is no difference between people that spend their free time watching television, going to the movies, networking or reading books and people that prefer gaming. Why is only gaming considered waste of time? The stigma should apply to all means of entertainment or none. What is more, the biggest stigma is that gamers are anti-social, which is not only a lie; it is also far from the truth. Gamers have strong communities where they engage in communication with other people of the same mindset and preferences. Any gaming website will prove the idea that gamers are anti-social wrong. There might be anti-social people among gamers, that is true, but that might also be the case with those reading books. What is more, these gaming communities also establish meetings and often gamers get to know people from different environments and cultures.

A strong passion for something is more likely to give you strength and help you interact better with others, because you have something in common. Games are an interesting topic that brings people together. You can see that on any gaming site. The people you meet on gaming websites can easily become your closest friends, so the myth that gamers are anti-social is easily debunked.

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