I recently wrote a blog post called “What—a World with No Wine and Cheese?” reflecting on my love of food. This blog post takes a more serious look at the issue of video games.
These days, children and teenagers are always looking down at their phones. I guarantee that they are either texting friends or playing video games. In my opinion, neither activity is very sociable toward the people those children are with.
I know that video games can be addictive. They give the mind something to do, something to think about. And when you win, you feel like you have actually accomplished something. But what have you really accomplished when you win a video game? Not much at all.
Trust me, I know of what I speak. Back when video games first came out, my brothers and I were addicted to Pong for a while. (If you remember Pong, you are dating yourself.)
Then came Pac-Man. I used to play that stupid game for an hour each day. Some of my friends called me Miss Pac-Man in junior college. I never thought of it as a waste of time—I just played to kill some time between classes and have a little fun. I never thought I should be studying instead of playing that silly game.
Now, instead of standing in front of bulky video arcade machines, kids and teenagers have video games loaded on their phones—instant access to Pac-Man or Candy Crush or whatever other game they want to play.
But is Candy Crush really crushing family time and legitimate interaction with your children?
Is Candy Crush distracting them from looking up and actually seeing the world that is around them?
If so, it’s time to consider a world without video games. Put the Pac-Man and Candy Crush away for a while. You will be happy you did.
Until next time.