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Video Games and Stress

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Video Games and Stress

Kevin Dorsey/LHS Peak Press

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Kevin Dorsey/LHS Peak Press

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Video games have a vast effect on a player’s mental health. Someone can enjoy their time with friends or family, or have something to do when boredom strikes. However, most importantly, video games can help relieve stress. While many teenagers and even young adults have become addicted, playing games is a great way to take stressful situations off someone’s mind.

According to Sutter Health, almost 97% of teens play video games on a regular basis. Many parents may believe video games are bad for their children’s health, but others do believe they could have a positive affect, or even no effect at all. Negative effects, such as addiction, may cause teenagers to become more violent, and could even lead to obesity. Yet, they can lead to a reduction in stress through distraction. Rachel Ford, a student at Rampart High School, said that “[she] [plays] video games such as Grand Theft Auto, Resident Evil, and Call of Duty, but they don’t usually take stress off [her] mind.” While it may not help everyone, it does help Ryan Tollefson, a waiter at Village Inn. He says that “video games definitely help [him] reduce stress and anxiety. Most people don’t realize what

can do for people.” But what about board games? They too can help with stress/anxiety. Single-player board games, such as puzzles, can help.

Even though there’s several disadvantages of playing video games, they can do so much to help. It just depends on how they’re used.

 

Please note that the views of staff/interviewees may not reflect the views of LHS Peak Press.

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