Make Your Choice: Games or Grades

by zachary.torain on April 21, 2014 - 10:31pm

Electronic gameplay has been a part of society since the seventies.  Great strides have been made since that time with regard to the graphics and content.  The games have been proven to have negative effects on students.  One such negative effect is student grades.   A study by S. Jaruratanasirikul, et al. was done in Thailand on students from seventh grade all the way to college level students.   Information collected included age of the students, the sex of the students, student grades, how often the student played electronic games, and information regarding the makeup of their family.  The results of the study indicate that the more students play electronic games, the less chance they will have to earn a 3.00 or higher.

I can personally attest to the results of this study. I play electronic games every day and my grades have not been as good as they potentially could be. Although my grades are not below a 3.00, playing electronic games has not helped make them better. In the study, it shows that the results of playing the games for sessions exceeding two hours is shown to be significantly associated with sleep-wake disturbances particularly during adolescence.  Since an adolescent’s body is still developing, they require more sleep.  They also need their parents to enforce a sleep schedule making sure that the adolescent gets his or her proper amount of rest.  According to Jaruratanasirikul, et al. the time spent for game play could affect school grades negatively because students would not be participating in other activities to nourish the young mind like doing homework, being involved with family, being active and playing sports, and socializing with others. With the increased exposure to violence, sexuality, and other factors in electronic games, it is more likely for a student to have a poorer school performance.  If I did not play electronic games as much, I would have more time to spend with my family, more time to spend on my studies, and more time to sleep. 

 

References

Jaruratanasirikul, S., Wongwaitaweewong, K., & Sangsupawanich, P., Electronic Game Play and School Performance of Adolescents in Southern Thailand, Cyberpsychology & Behavior, 12(5), 509-512. doi:10.1089/cpb.2009.0035.

Comments

I agree with a lot on this post, including the fact that little kids could be negatively affected by too much video games, which could result in lack of sleep. I have heard from numerous sources though that a monitored video game schedule which consists of playing here and there every couple days has been linked to more productivity and better thinking. In terms of college kids playing video games and getting worse grades, I am not sure if I could agree or disagree with this. It makes sense, because that time could be spent doing homework or studying. With me though, I played lots of video games last semester and had a decent GPA, but played almost no video games this semester and my GPA is a little lower. This could just be of class load/toughness, etc though but could make for an interesting study. I will say though that if played a little less video games in high school, I could have spent significantly more time with family or outside. Overall, I think this was a solid post.

I couldn't agree more, kids these days are playing way too much video games. My mom was very strict with how long I could play video games when I was younger and I am very thankful for that. I feel that video games effect young kids more than college kids, because young kids' brains are still developing and by the time they are at college their brain is basically developed to its full potential. The only effect I think video games would have on college kids is just it being a distraction, which is an easy fix just get the game out of your life while at school.

Before I begin, let me just say that I am also a “gamer” and that I have spent a considerable amount of time playing video games during my life (even when I strictly should not have been). Therefore, I do agree with the conclusion that playing too many video games can have a detrimental effect on the grades of a student. However, I can say from my own experience that video games have never been solely responsible for my bad grades. Rather, I feel that it was by carelessness or laziness that I failed to appropriately study for an exam or write-up an essay when I was supposed to. In other words, though my example is anecdotal, I feel that it’s always the case that some people tend to blame the game and not themselves. Sure, video games are not always highly educational, and more often than not they don’t provide the same enlightenment that say a book or a day spent outside would. However, there has been, for a long time, a stigma attached to games – that they rot your brain, or worse, turn you into a mindless killer. That last description is mainly at the hands of the media, which, time and time again, has always used video games and their “destructive” qualities as a scapegoat for the reckless and violent behaviour that some teens, unfortunately, exhibit.
So yes, I agree that video games and their affects (bad or good) should be investigated. That being said, I feel that we shouldn’t simply see the situation in black and white, and that we should not simply assume that video games pose a threat to the academic (or even moral) integrity of students. Instead of hounding this medium by ways of conventional media framing (i.e. violent video games are responsible for violent individuals), we should instead try to more deeply understand that bad grades and bad attitudes are the products of other important factors as well.

I think you did a very good job of summarizing the original article and I perfectly understand the point of view of the author. I agree that video games do seem to have an impact on grades. Whenever I play too much, I tend to neglect my homework and end up having poorer grades. For that reason, I try to limit the time I spend on them. But, in the end, video games are not the problem. If you choose to play too much, then it's on you. You cannot blame the game. Parents also should put limits on the time they let their children spend on video games, since they have the responsibility of their children's development. This article (http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/too-much-time-with-tv-video-games-cuts...) discusses the impact of video games on grades but adds that the main problem seems to be that video games make students uninterested in doing their homework, thus lowering their grades.

I really found your article interesting as I played a lot of video games and they are really addictive as I chose to play all of those games instead of studying and I studied only the minimum and only did the minimum so I think it can affect your grade because you become addict and I played at night for hours and it has been linked to insomnia so for morning classes, I was really tired so I was not concentrated and listening throughout most of the day so I believe that it does affect your performance in school.

I really found your article interesting as I played a lot of video games and they are really addictive as I chose to play all of those games instead of studying and I studied only the minimum and only did the minimum so I think it can affect your grade because you become addict and I played at night for hours and it has been linked to insomnia so for morning classes, I was really tired so I was not concentrated and listening throughout most of the day so I believe that it does affect your performance in school.

I really found your article interesting as I played a lot of video games and they are really addictive as I chose to play all of those games instead of studying and I studied only the minimum and only did the minimum so I think it can affect your grade because you become addict and I played at night for hours and it has been linked to insomnia so for morning classes, I was really tired so I was not concentrated and listening throughout most of the day so I believe that it does affect your performance in school.

I really found your article interesting as I played a lot of video games and they are really addictive as I chose to play all of those games instead of studying and I studied only the minimum and only did the minimum so I think it can affect your grade because you become addict and I played at night for hours and it has been linked to insomnia so for morning classes, I was really tired so I was not concentrated and listening throughout most of the day so I believe that it does affect your performance in school.

I thought your article was interesting because I play games often and my grades are not so good, but I didn't agree that the games make the grades low. I think the people who had bad grades are not good at pacing themselves. Conversely I think the games are good for stress reduction.

I think this article is very interesting. I don't know why people who is a student playing electronic games.
I feel that it is very important to spend a lot of time with the family so, you should change the time spending on playing games to a time with your family.
I agree that instead of playing games in the night it would be better to sleep because you wont remember the things you have learnt in school the day before. I also think games with a lot of violence and action might lead to the person using violence in real life. However, there are different kinds of games, so if the games serves educational purposes I'm not against it.
Students have to study hard, so there is no time to play games. And I once made the experience when spending to much time on games that my eyesight got bad. Additionally by staying always at home you lose social contacts and your work. Therefore, you will always financially depend on your family and because always thinking about games you neglect yourself.
So it is very important to limit the time spending on games and make room for your studies and your family.

I do agree that too many distractions are associated with these video games. To be completely honest I was never into video games, but I am aware that young adolescents and adults can become addicted to them. It is very important for parents and guardians to be aware of the content of these games, and set strict rules regarding the viewing time allotted to this type of activity. Homework and chores are much more worthwhile to the developing minds of young adults and teens. Always being mindful of what our children are doing, learning, and engaging in are the primary responsibility of every caring and concerned parent or guardian.

I can sympathize with your sentence that games are bad for us because they have a lot of bad points. Actually patients with bad eyes has risen recently because the games have blue light. Do you know blue light? Blue light is bad for eyes. A lot of games have a lot of to improve so a lot of games will become better but we have to pay attention that our health doesn't suffer. That is our assignment. I want you to spread this opinion to a lot of children.

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