Effects of excessive online gaming on children
Recently the government has announced the formation of a committee to identify a ministry to regulate and oversee online gaming. In the changing technological era, today more and more states are bringing in-laws to bring some order to the online gaming sector. Recently, the Rajasthan government brought in a draft bill to regulate online games, especially fantasy sports. Earlier, states like Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka had also passed laws banning online games. However, they were overruled by the state high courts because the outright ban on the game of skill was unreasonable.
Fantasy sports are completely different from all forms of online games which are like esports, casual gaming, etc. which do not require a real-life player to play the actual sports match to decide the outcome for the participant. Unlike other online gaming, fantasy sports are based on realities, the availability of seasonal and real-time sports matches making it a non-addictive form of play that sets it apart from other forms of online gaming. Considered to be a game of gambling and/or betting in nature.
The consequences of excessive gaming can have a detrimental effect on children's education and well-being. One of the symptoms of its addiction is the effects on other areas of life. If schoolwork is suffering – including boredom in lessons, difficulty concentrating, or low motivation to complete homework – then their gaming habits should be assessed. Exposure to violent, graphic, or sexual material is extremely dangerous for children; An increasing number of parents are concerned about the content of the games they play.
For example, Fortnite is rated 12+—yet many elementary school-age kids play. Games with violent, erotic, or overly realistic content can also have an emotional impact on children, especially young children. This is a controversial area with conflicting research, but a study by Science Daily has linked violent video games to aggression in young people. If gaming is at the expense of bonding with friends in real life, this withdrawal may affect bonding skills in everyday situations.
Children and youth who play sports for a long time can be affected by RSI. Stiffness, aches, pains, and numbness are signs that should be looked out for. For example, 'lower tendinitis' refers to thumb, wrist, and hand problems associated with playing on gaming consoles. Eye strain is also common if you stare at the screen for a long time without taking a break. Screen glare can also affect vision. Poor nutrition or self-care problems are also knocked homes with online games; When gaming addiction takes hold, children and young people may skip meals, become dependent on junk food, resist taking toilet breaks, or have poor hygiene. Playing stimulating games for several hours at a time, especially late at night, will make it harder to fall asleep.
Many people are developing an addiction to online gaming. It is destroying lives and destroying families. Compulsive gaming by children is affecting their performance in school and affecting their social lives and relationships with family members.
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