It can be both. Video games are frowned upon by parents as time-wasters, and worse, some education experts think that these games corrupt the brain.
This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. This study aimed to investigate the effects of addiction to computer games on physical and mental health of students. The study population includes all students in the second year of public guidance schools in the city of Isfahan in the educational year of The sample size includes students selected by multiple steps stratified sampling.
Dependent variables include general health in dimensions of physical health, anxiety and sleeplessness and impaired social functioning. Data were collected using General Health Questionnaire GHQ scale and a questionnaire on addiction to computer games.
The results of this study are in agreement with the findings of other studies around the world.
As the results show, addiction to computer games affects various dimensions of health and increases physical problems, anxiety and depression, while decreases social functioning disorder. Addiction to computer games, Physical and mental health, Students of guidance school Introduction Computer games are the most popular entertainments in modern societies and they target a variety of people in different ages.
Challenging with the obstacles and reaching a higher level in the game, make the players excited and losing the game make them anxious. Improvement of quality and variety of games increasingly spread it in the society especially adolescences.
Especially because these games are more active compared to watching TV, they are considered more effective. Playing computer games to some extent can be useful, but long-term playing leads to various physical and mental complications.
By sympathetic nervous system stimulation, this can gradually make this system sensitive and ready for response to limited stimulants, while causes anxiety symptoms in the player. The reasons for playing these games among boys were excitements and challenges and they insisted to win. Moreover, sport and violent games were more attractive for boys.
In previous times, kids were involved playing with other children, but children of today spend most of their time on computer games as soon as they understand and acquainted with them, while these games cannot create any emotional and human relationship.
These effects are stimulating anger and violence, obesity, epilepsy due to games, social isolation, and other physical and mental damages. Many psychologists and mental health professionals have paid attention to the effects of these games.
In Iran, there are few and limited studies on the effects of addiction to computer games on players. Considering the increasing rate of addiction to computer games among Iranian adolescents and youth, the present study was conducted to investigate the effects of addiction to computer games on physical and mental health including physical health, anxiety, and depression and impaired social functioning.
Methods The aim of this descriptive correlation study was to determine the effects of computer games addiction on physical and mental health of male and female students of guidance schools in Isfahan city. The study population includes all students in the second year of public guidance schools in Isfahan city in the educational year of The sample size includes students selected by multiple steps stratified sampling method.
Data were collected by using General Health Questionnaire GHQ scale and a questionnaire on addiction to computer games. To do this research, at first 3 districts were selected randomly among five districts of Isfahan Board of Education.
From each district, one boy and one girl guidance school was chosen randomly. In total, students were chosen for filling the questionnaires, after obtaining the permission from Isfahan Board of Education. The questionnaires distributed among sample.
The data collection instrument was included the form of GHQ inventory of physical and psychological health measurement. This questionnaire was based on Lickert scale and scored from 1 to 5.
The GHQ 28 inventory is created by Goldberg for diagnosing psychological disorders in various centers and environments. The questions are about the psychological condition in past month, including signs such as thought, abnormal emotions and dimensions of behavior that are observable.
Therefore, questions emphasize on the situation here and now. This questionnaire is the most known instrument for screening in psychiatry, and has a significant effect on developing researches.
This questionnaire is in forms of This questionnaire was used to assess health signs including physical complain, sleep disorder, disorder of social functioning and depression. Results The study population included students including girls These students were divided into two groups of students The mean age of participants was 13 years old.
Therefore, there was a direct relationship between addiction to computer games and physical disorders such as anxiety, sleep disorder and depression. But, there was a positive correlation between addiction to computer games and social dysfunction.
Table 1 Correlation coefficient between addiction to computer games and health dimensions Correlation coefficient.Video Games 51 succeed. More impressively, video games need to teach players to succeed on a set of tasks that are initially quite difﬁcult.
Consumers would not want to play video. Whether your child plays video games on a portable unit, a television or the Internet, excessive gaming can affect his life.
Video game addiction can be as problematic as gambling and affects players as young as 8 years old, notes Keith Baker, director of Smith and Jones Addiction Consultants, in an article for Brigham Young University’s NewsNet.
Negative Effects of Computer Games on Children There have been numerous studies conducted that show the adverse effects of computerized video games on children.
These studies have shown that computer/video games played for an extended period, especially violent ones, have increased aggressive behavior. The Drawbacks: Negative Effects of Video Games Most of the bad effects of video games are blamed on the violence they contain.
Children who play more violent video games are more likely to have increased aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and decreased prosocial helping, according to a scientific study (Anderson & Bushman, . In the past 30 years, video games have had a major impact on how people spend their leisure time.
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