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Negatives of Gaming

Negative Effects of Playing Video Games

While gaming provides a host of positive health benefits, it’s important to also note the possible negative effects if gaming habits aren’t monitored. Too much gaming can lead to sleep deprivation, neglected hygiene, poor nutritional habits, and postural issues if a player is not careful. In extreme cases, gaming can lead to social isolation and decreased school and job performance. It’s important to be aware of these risks to create a healthy balance between gaming, well-being, and responsibilities.

Other possible negatives include:
  • Adolescent exposure to mature themes (The ESRB rating system can prevent this)
  • Overactive behaviors
  • Suffering relationships
  • Headaches and eyestrain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Lack of physical activity

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