Video games might be causing attention deficit disorder or ADD. At least this is what some sites such as this one claims.
Basically they are trying to find a correlation in watching television or playing video games to a rise in children and adults having ADD. They found that most of today’s popular video games have little or no educational value and that many children, especially boys, are already addicted to them.
Video games that have a more violent game play actually cause an increase in adrenalin which might be what makes them so addictive.
Any of us with children know that trying to pry the game controller out of your child’s hand is a task in and of itself. Many adults have a problem with excessive video game play as well. Take a look down the game aisle or go into a game store such as Game Stop and you’ll find an array of games targeted to an older crowd.
With the rise in ADD, one could assume that video game play could be the cause.
However, according to this site, one mother was told to allow her child to play video games instead of prescribing him a medication for his ADD.
A system created by NASA entitled Smart BrainGames could be hooked up to another popular game console to change game play which allowed the child to focus more on things like jumping with the game character or speeding up the game play. It is explained that the more the child will focus; the different type of play is initiated. The same goes if the child loses focus; the game play will slow down.
According to the BBC news website, video game play can actually help your child in other ways, such as their eyesight. The article states that video game play can help you be able to notice things more quickly and perhaps react more quickly as well.
While there doesn’t seem to be any huge definitive studies as to say that playing the average video game will help with your child’s ADD. There might be something to it in the future as technology increases and a special system like the one NASA has created becomes more widely available.
While having your child play video games to help out with an attention disorder might sound better than medication, you still need to discuss this with their doctor.
Children need plenty of stimulation and play. There are lots of games out there with more educational backgrounds, so look for those instead of the more violent ones that are known to cause that adrenalin rush kids can become addicted to.