Bad Effects Of Playing Video Games

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Computer games have become a staple in many people’s lives. They are designed to be addictive and keep people coming back for more. While there can be benefits to playing some computer games, there are also many negative effects that come with playing them too much. In this essay, we will explore both the good and bad of computer gaming and how it can affect people’s lives.

Many negative impacts come from playing too many computer games. These effects might be considered problems if they continue to happen even after the game has stopped being played. Some of these negative effects can include lack of sleep, lack of exercise, eating too much or eating the wrong foods, becoming aggressive or violent, becoming addicted to computer games (which could lead to other problems like lying about how much they are playing), and loss of interest in school (Prensky). These are just some examples of how computer games can have both positive and negative effects on people’s lives.

Bad Sleeping Patterns:

Computer games can make people lose too much sleep by cutting into their normal sleeping hours. For example, many players play their computer games right before they go to bed at night (Muncy). As a result, they might not get as much time as everyone else to sleep because it takes time to wind down from playing the games. This can lead to problems such as fatigue and impaired performance at work or school (Prensky).

Least Physical Activities:

Playing computer games can also make people less interested in exercise and other physical activities. Many study’s show that players often forget about exercising and eating healthy once they get involved with playing video games (Muncy). This is because the player becomes so focused on completing objectives and advancing through levels, that they lose sight of taking care of their personal needs such as sleep and exercise (Prensky).


Computer games can cause increased aggression in some players. For example, research has shown that when video game players play violent games it increases their testosterone levels which leads them to be more aggressive (Strauss). This shows that some players play these types of games to get angry or frustrated and then wind up either walking away from the computer with a feeling of relief or playing the game over and over again in hopes of getting a better score which can lead to problems such as addiction.

Make Bad Eating Habits:

Computer games can also make people eat too much or eat unhealthy foods. One reason for this is because the player might need to wait for something in the game to happen they might go off and eat a lot of food without realizing it until it’s too late (Muncy). Another example is when players don’t know how long they will be playing, they might end up eating more than usual since they do not know when their next meal will be (Prensky).

Make Then Liers:

Computer games can also affect people by causing them to lie about how much they are playing. Research has shown that some players do not want anyone else to know how often they are playing their favorite game because it might make them look like a “nerd” or make others think of them as being addicted to the game (Muncy). This is also evident in parents who change their children’s computer time logs to cover up for how much time they spend playing games.

Some Other Effects:

Some negative effects of computer games include lack of exercise, aggression, poor eating habits, and lying about how often players play. These effects can happen if players play their video games for too long or if they are playing other games that are more violent. Even though computer games can have both positive and negative effects on people’s lives, overall they have more positive than negative effects which is why it is up to adults to ensure that children play their video games in moderation.


Although computer games can have both positive and negative effects on people’s lives, they are still overall more beneficial than harmful. It is up to adults who care about children to monitor their playing time so as not to let it interfere with other things in their life such as exercise or sleep.

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