Yeah, we’ve all been there, I think. In modern America the pull of the screen has become increasingly strong, the graphics are way better than they were in 1822, and the plots! jeez, the plots are insanely complicated and amazing. (Mostly). But after all this, could there be drawbacks to playing videogames?
In my opinion, yes.
Here’s little sister’s point of view: I’m sitting there on the couch (slouching, I admit it!) chewing on a sandwich or a candy bar, moving my thumbs back and forth.
Here’s mom’s point of view: I’m sitting on the couch moving my thumbs back and forth when there are plenty of chores to be done around the house (yeah . . . as boring as they are).
And dad’s point of view? Well maybe he wants to spend time with me, teach me how to run the table saw out in the garage, or go fishing. I’m sitting there improving my reflexes and earning gold coins with which I can buy new things to help me . . . uh . . . play more of the videogame.
So, halfway through the previous paragraph, I stopped writing and put in an 8-hour day of manual labor. (I’m not kidding) I’m tired, dull-minded, hungry, and generally done for the day in a physical and mental capacity. On the other hand, I mapped some new roads while driving, found a good place to buy Costco-sized chocolate muffins for $1.29, learned some things about prepping for and pouring concrete, helped a guy take apart, fix, and rebuild all the parts behind the wheel of his work van, and learned a lot of new things while listening to him talk.
So why work when you can play a videogame? The answer is simple. If you’re out in the real world, even when it’s crazy cold outside and threatening snow like it was today, or if it’s uncomfortably hot, in short, if the sun isn’t shining while you’re making hay, you’re still learning something. Your muscles are not subject to atrophy, and you’re learning that you maybe want to have an indoor job when you grow up . . .
While some video games are nice, and can often present a good pastime or relaxation factor, my point is that perhaps we use them too much. Besides that, there are so many games out there that do not add any good material to your brain. Your grey matter (or wet matter) has a rough digital storage space equivalent of 2.5 million gigabytes of information1. Why waste it on memories of Halo, Fortnite, or Tetris? C’mon, does Mariokart 8 improve your ability to drive . . . or does it improve your desire to spike your adrenaline by going fast and getting points by destroying other vehicles by throwing turtle shells at them? I don’t think that’s a very good life lesson.
Hopefully this blog inspires you to shut your computer down (quick! before finishing this sentence!) and go chop vegetables in the kitchen or throw those dirty socks in the laundry, or better yet, look through the window and perhaps wonder who had the inspiration to make snowflakes so unique, or turn the leaves red and gold when autumn came around.
As for me, I much prefer enjoying the beautiful world around me while I can see it, and enjoy the product of my fellow humans’ creativity when it grows too dark to see. Or . . . perhaps . . . there are such things as flashlights . . .
And there are also a multitude of amazingly productive things to do besides enjoying the sunlight and improving your mind during the daytime: consider writing a story and emailing it to us a sample of your own creativity to post on our blog!
“Why you waste all that time watching the TV? If you use that time to develop your God-given gifts, wouldn’t be long before folks was watching you on TV!” (Gifted Hands ~ The Ben Carson Story 26:01 mins.)2