Argumentative Essay About Video Games and Their Negative Effect on Physical Health


America is facing an epidemic and it has to do with video games. Adults and teenagers are playing video games to much and it is affecting their physical health. These effects can be positive or negative and can affect teenagers. Many disagree (especially kids) and say that video games do not affect anything. However, their are such as insomnia, obesity, and more.

To start off, video games can affect a person’s physical health in a positive way. According to, Heart group backs video games in obesity campaign, it said “The Wii, which has sold more than 30 million consoles across the Americas,comes with a controller that encourages people to physically move as they play.” The Wii encourages users to get up and be active. This is a example of how a video game can improve your physical health. Some may disagree and say that there's still games that don’t make people active. This is a personal choice to not choose a video game that is active. 

Secondly, there are negative effects on physical health associated with video games. As stated in Action-Packed Video Games a Sight for Sore Eyes  “Studies have linked nonstop video gaming to such ills as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, not to mention the current obesity epidemic plaguing this nation’s young.” These illnesses can have serious effects on the rest of your life. As some may say this can be a personal choice to play video games. We should help these people because they may not know about the side effects of playing video games. 

Lastly, the affects on teens playing video games can affect more than just their physical health. As said by Joseph Green “A 2008 Pew Internet & American Life study reported that 97% of Americans ages 12 to 17 play video games.” That is a lot of kids that play video games. The 3rd source states, “Nikides and other teens are averaging 6.5 to 7.5 hours of sleep a night...” This is one example of how teens are being affected by video games. Many health organizations say that teens need at least 9 hours of sleep. This average is falling below the minimum by a large margin. 

In conclusion, video games can cause many physical changes to your body. These can be positive or negative and can affect teens in different ways too. Even though there has been proven research on the topic people still do not understand the physical risks of video games. These risks can be insomnia, obesity, and others. It is our job to spread the word about the physical health risks associated with playing video games.​

 

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