The Effect of Video Games On the Brain


Norah Ober, Contributor

The pros and cons of video games and their effect on the brain are substantial points to be made. Important specific factors about the video games such as time played, violent or pro-social, environment, etc. A common opinion is that playing violent video games is frowned upon. The length of time must be monitored as there is a certain amount of time that is considered “unhealthy.” This time factor does depend on the age of the person playing as it may be unhealthy for a ten year old to play video games for as long as someone who is 30. 

Taking into consideration the pros of video games. Research has shown that playing video games can enhance skills such as eyesight, multitasking, and focus. According to the author, “Video games can act as ‘teachers’ depending on the game purpose” (Denilson 3). This statement explains that while the choice of game does matter, video games do have pros. The authors also explain that video games can improve your health in that of physical fitness. Some say that getting exercise is more productive than sitting while playing video games, little do they know that video games do in fact provide physical activity. 

Studies have also shown that video games have positive effects on cognition. One author suggested that “Neuroplasticity is capability of the brain that accommodates adaption for learning, memorizing, and recovery purposes” (Palaus 5). To generalize these words, video games have many positive effects on the brain. Some experiments have been conducted showing that a surgeon who plays video games of the right kind can improve surgical skills in terms of speed and accuracy. These experiments have also shown that with these positive results, a surgeon of a lower level in education can also complete surgery of higher level of education, thus leading to the conclusion that video games also improve comprehension of material.