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Do video games make kids lazy?
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jbilyeu
Oct 08, 2007
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yes they do


jbilyeu
Oct 08, 2007
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Playing video games is a big part of children's lives and even some adult's lives today. I think that when a child is constantly inside playing video games as opposed to going outside to play they become lazy and uniterested in doing anything else. I suppose that it may vary from child to child but speaking from my own experience I have seen it happen. I have three younger brothers who never use to play vidoe games and always went outside to play. When they got their playstation for their birthdays though it was a different story. Now all they wanna do is sit in their room and play the WWE wrestling game and are not interseted in doing anything else. I do think that some children become lazy from playing video games all the time.

 
linkrules
Oct 08, 2007
3 convinced
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I disagree...

With the Nintendo Wii now out, children can now excersise in the living room! The system takes children & adults off their butts and play games without getting lazy!

 
thales
Oct 08, 2007
1 convinced
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I think the main issue is not so much the physical laziness (well addressed by the posters on the other side) as the mental.

Television made us substantially lazier just by showing us what we previously had had to imagine for ourselves; video games go a step further by creating a whole world on our behalf and letting us wander through the product of someone else's hard work. We now have a wide range of thoroughly developed scenarios at our fingertips, and the only thought we have to put into it is which one we load up today.

No wonder we can't be bothered to get out and, say, vote.

 
sandraboltryk
Oct 09, 2007
0 convinced
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OF COURSE VIDEO GAMES MAKE KIDS LAZY!
The person sits there with a controller and moves his or her thumbs around. PERIOD! how intense can it get??? This isn't like the 1950's where children went out and played with their tonka trucks in the sandbox or use their imaginations in tree houses. No, this is the age of i-pods, computers, and cell phones, where everything is instant and easy.
Kids sit there for hours putting all their efforts in killing off a bad enemy in a video game of violence instead of focusing their energy into something productive such as an afterschool job or homework. The couch or computer is the place of choice, and in turn, this has made the future of America, not only lazy, but obese, less focused and just plain, too reliant, on technology.

Parents should limit it immediately.

 
linkrules
Oct 11, 2007
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Rebuttal to: juggernaut Show

No! Its good to have change!

 
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no they don't


juggernaut
Oct 08, 2007
2 convinced
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Video games make you lazy.
Mc Donalds makes you fat.
Cigarettes make you dead.

Excuses excuses excuses...

 
vancam
Oct 08, 2007
1 convinced
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No, videogames are a wonderful way for children to explore many relevant and important concepts that are applicable to later life. Skill sets such as civilization building, money management and how to kill aliens with laser cannons can all be found on videogame retail shelves today.

Joking aside,

With the latest innovation of adding accelerometers to analog control handsets (i.e. Nintendo Wii) there is now potential for videogames to further motivate children physically as well as the traditional mental workout.

The ultimate combination of these technologies and our ever changing society will be when this generation shows prefence for how they interact with User Interfaces. It is more than likely that they will require 3 dimensional UI's that are responsive to movement as well as touch.

The potential for exercise to also be incorporated with the hardware and software advances the industry is making now looms on the horizon. With many encouraging practical applications for athletic and/or domestic cardiovascular exercise techniques and disciplines the skills a child learns now will undoubtfully be useful in the very near future

 
joshlind
Oct 09, 2007
1 convinced
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How can a video game MAKE someone do something??? I'd say it's more likely that lazy kids tend more to play video games, but, as my statistics teacher was so fond of saying, though the two may be correlated (either way) - correlation doesn't prove causation!

 
unlabled00
Oct 08, 2007
0 convinced
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Rebuttal to: jbilyeu Show

I remember back when I was young and highly influential after watching a Bruce Lee movie I'd start hopping around the house doing "kung fu" to the best of my capabilities. Same thing happened when I played video games... it gave me games to create at school and when I hung out with my friends.

These days, no I don't play make-believe anymore (or as much as I used to _ ), but videogames have been a somewhat major part of my life. Does it sound geeky? Of course it does, thats just the way society sees it. But video games have captured me more than teen drama shows or reality tv or any other form of non-interactive entertainment has ever come close to.

Plus... when my friends and I get together to play videogames not a single one of us isn't moving at any minute. Whether its playing halo and we're jumping up and down, throwing our hands up in the air, playing guitar hero where we pretty much rock out until we collapse, or wii sports: in which case you will see my friends and I making dives in tennis, lining up a strike with unprecedented attention to detail, or pitching the wiimote as fast as we can without sending it crashing through the tv screen.

Lazy? Hardly.



 
Brett Stubbs
Oct 08, 2007
0 convinced
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Double true unlabeled. I have killed endless ninjas in my backyard thanks to ninja gaiden, and made up a lot of cool (when your 12) games involving pieces of zelda and metroid...although it did also have a lot to do with gladiators which was awesome.

 
unlabled00
Oct 09, 2007
0 convinced
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Rebuttal to: thales Show

We may have a difference in opinions here :P

Television is completely non interactive... you sit and take in information. No imagination involved, no thought processers, nothing. Making it substantially more mind-numbing than video games.

With video games you are required to solve puzzles and partake in the story. Especially since more and more games are becoming sand-box environments where one can choose their own adventure path (GTA, Medal of Honor: Airborne Assault).


 
unlabled00
Oct 09, 2007
0 convinced
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7034179.stm

Says Elspa's Paul Jackson:

"[The gaming industry is] too often blamed for everything from obesity to youth violence... It is just not true, and it's not appropriate... We feel quite positively about this review. It's clear the review is about making sure parents are properly informed about what their youngsters are playing and what they are accessing on the internet... We are very responsible and keen to ensure that our products are only played by those who they are designed for."


 
inspiration
Oct 09, 2007
0 convinced
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Books, television, computer... they mean nothing? Suddenly video games is the enemy?

People can lack motivation for many reasons and video games is just one of them.

 
juggernaut
Oct 09, 2007
0 convinced
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Rebuttal to: thales Show

It's not the industry's fault that their consumers do not have a well planned schedule.


 
kouunmurasaki
Oct 09, 2007
0 convinced
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video games help your mind develop...and stuff. yea....

 
juggernaut
Oct 10, 2007
0 convinced
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Is it wrong to have a part time job, be very active, and be able to play video games for 30 minutes a day?

 
lqtm
Oct 12, 2007
0 convinced
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I think perhaps lazy people play more video games, but people who play video games do not become lazy.



 
kertos1981
Apr 18, 2008
0 convinced
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no! you are what you make out of yourself! its your whole attitude towards everything.... everything can be blamed for something, thats when discipline comes in handy.

 


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