Video games hold hidden dangers
Many young people like to spend their time playing video games these days.
While they may be entertaining and give people something to do in their leisure time, the games can have negative effects on teenagers.
Some teenagers burn the midnight oil playing games instead of using the time to do revision.
As a result, they lose their incentive to learn and their academic results will be seriously affected.
Video games are similar to drugs. At first, young people may be attracted by video games. In time, they may become addicted to the games.
They will spend lots of money buying the latest releases. How do they get the money? They do not eat at school so as to save their money for video games.
The more money they save, the more video games they can buy. And, the more video games they buy, the worse their health will be.
Furthermore, some of the games may have violent or pornographic contents.
Some young people lack parental guidance and cannot easily distinguish whether the games are suitable for them.
Youngsters can buy them in many shopping centres, which shows there are inadequate restrictions on the sale of video games.
The Government should take action to control the sale of violent or pornographic video games.
On the other hand, it should build more recreational facilities for young people.
Parents should also give more advice to their children on how to choose video games and persuade them not to spend too much money on them.
Young people should control themselves so as not to be addicted to video games.
While video games have some positive effects, we must not overlook the negative aspects which could be disastrous for young people.
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