Video Games Help Children Develop Cognitive Skills than Watching TV

Posted on Jan 31 2013 - 10:28pm by Sidrah Zaheer

video games and childrenAccording to a new study by the researchers in the Games Research and Interaction Design Lab at Queensland University of Technology it is better for parents to allow their young children to play video games as compared to letting them watch television. The researchers checked the effects of both games and television shows on children of very young ages from 2 to 5 years old. In their study, they categorized these two media into different categories of passive and active. Active content stimulated children both physically and mentally, whereas passive content did not engage them.

Since while playing video games, users are both active physically and mentally, it stimulates them more than a television show does, which can only make us feel things emotionally, rather than compel us physically or mentally. Television sure is a good means to provide information, but as far as stimulation of the mind is concerned, it does not engage us to think or plan.

Whereas, video games fulfill these things, although there are reports by many researchers that even video games having negative content creates negative emotions and tends to effect human mind negatively, but allowing children to play games like Angry Birds will engage them positively without making them hate or be bias against others.

Video games are very helpful for young children in developing their cognitive skills and thus positively impact their academic and comprehension skills. Researchers have also found that it makes them emotionally better too as their self-esteem improves. Besides, with the kind of way the world events are happening, it is rather advisable that little children be prevented from watching too much television and their time could be well spent on video games.

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  1. Jamy Hoster February 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    I think you are right here as if games are all about the study and they have good things about knowledge things in it but if they are like action or first person shoot then it could not be good.

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