To most of us, we’ve got to admit that playing video games is so much fun especially if the video game you are playing is your favorite. It usually takes hours to finish some of the games a few of them (mostly RPGs) may even take days to complete. But there are a few who would play for at least 8 hours or more a day. And some wouldn’t even know anymore how many hours they are playing in a day. What are the possible effects of this? Some of them are pretty obvious but somehow, they are neglected by some.
We have different responsibilities and some of us still go to school and some go to work (or have work even at home). The former, which is the most affected one, is more common since kids are now exposed to technology early on and some of them go to computer shops or have their parents buy them video games. An integral part of discipline is limitation and it’s supposed to be imposed in playing video games as well. Some kids do neglect their studies because of video games. Maybe for them, the bottom line is that playing games is much more fun than studying. It could very take only one word from the parents to instill discipline and responsibility. They should be taught how to prioritize and exercise limitations. Let them take it as a reward and not a reason.
For some of us who go to work, we can usually manage our time better. However, having longer video game playing time than resting may affect our health. We need our bodies to be in top notch condition to better perform in the office but playing too much would deprive us of our well needed rest. An hour or 2 would do fine in a day. I’ve had some colleagues at work who were (and still are) addicted to video games and it’s obvious why they’re too tired to work even at the beginning of the shift. They usually play 6 hours a day. Most of them play online games and a few of them do business by selling online in-game items.
Another aspect to consider would be our family, friends and loved ones. I’ve seen a number of relationships go into turmoil because of too much gaming. Instead of having dinner with the
fiancée, he/she would spend the time looking for a good trade in an online game. Spending more time in playing video games than spending quality time with family and friends may weaken your relationship with them (unless, in some cases where the entire family or the group of friends also play).
But of course, there are some who are in the video gaming industry and playing games could be a part of their responsibility. I know how it felt though as I have worked part time for a video game magazine long time ago and it took me at least 10 hours of play time in a day.
In my opinion, most of gamers would know what the effects are of playing video games for an extended number of hours per day. I admit that my video game playing time was uncontrollable before and it did affect my health and lifestyle. But it all comes down to you what your priorities are and how you manage your time. Give a percentage of your time as well for other priorities such as your family, friends, school, work, and of course, yourself.