Are video games a waste of time?

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 November, 2009, 12:00am

Matthew Murchie, 15, St Joseph's College

Society has divided entertainment into two types: the good and the bad.

'Good' entertainment includes reading, exercising and playing chess, and is considered 'good for you'.

The 'bad' sort includes watching TV, surfing the internet and, of course, playing video games.

Sports can sharpen your reflexes and improve your physical fitness. Reading can expand your vocabulary and enhance your imagination. Playing chess can keep your brain active and enrich your social life.

I don't think video games offer any similar benefits.

It seems to me skills gained from a video game can only be used in that game. They are not useful in other areas of life. Video games stop you from socialising and studying, and don't help you at all in real life.

On top of that, there's the problem of addiction.

Many students become so immersed in computer games they find it difficult to concentrate on their school work. I'm sure a lot of teenagers have thrown hours of their time down the drain as they are unable to tear their eyes off the monitor.

Yes, video games are fun and can help us relax. But I don't believe playing them is really worth putting our education, friends and time at risk.

Ronald Ling Pak-ki, 19, University of Hong Kong

Video games are designed for relaxation. They give people a chance to escape from their busy, stressful and routine lives.

When people say playing video games is a waste of time, they are referring to those who play all day or all night long. This is a waste of time.

But the games are not to be blamed. Players should be disciplined enough to stop playing when they have to.

People often overlook the potential advantages of playing video games. Video games allow people to relax, replenish their energy, and enable them to be more productive in other areas of life.

Playing video games together is a great way for family and friends to interact.

Video games are also a good conversation topic. We can discuss strategies and experiences, and enhance friendships.

If we avoid getting addicted to video games and only play them in moderation, we will enjoy their benefits.

Choose games that enrich your life and enjoy playing them.