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Spenser4Hire
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Mustachero
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Do Video Games Rot Your Brain?

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Mustachero
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/6/2013 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Debate Rounds (3)
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Spenser4Hire

Con

So, how many of you people ever heard that Video Games have rot your brain?

Me personally I don't think so. I am 19 and a gamer myself and I have had this told to me. I think all games require you to think about what you need to do in order to win. Most of the games that I play are Strategy games on the PC where you are suppose to use your thinking skills to over come your enemies. But for some reason people don't believe that is true or are only told they do by the news. What is your opinion on if video games do or don't rot your brain?
Mustachero

Pro

Although I don't think they "rot" your brain, I do believe they damage the player's social skills, as well as damage their grades in school. The debate is poorly defined, so I'm going to assume that "Rot your brain" means damaging one's ability to function in society.
I accept
Debate Round No. 1
Spenser4Hire

Con

I think that some games might help you out in social skills. For example, some guy who plays WOW or Eve online could get into a guild and become great friends in the future. Even people on youtube who play games often have social life's of their own outside of gaming.
Mustachero

Pro

C1. Some games do have social functions, however not all do. That being said, a lack of socializing is not the only thing that can effect one"s ability to function in society.

Time spent on video games could be better spent, such as studying or going out with friends. There was a study where, "The authors find the effect of an additional hour of studying a day is equivalent to, on average, an increase in first-semester GPA of 0.38. That"s equivalent to bumping two C"s to B"s, or two B"s to A"s " about an increase of 6% for one"s overall average on a percentage scale. Meanwhile,"The average number of hours per week, however, has gone up from 7.3 hours (video games played) in 2009 to 8 hours in 2010. This means that, despite the slight dip in overall incidence of online game play, those who are playing are spending more time playing online than they did last year." That being said, imagine if those people spent only an hour a week playing video games, their grades would be a whole .38 GPA above what it was before, and that"s just in the first semester. A similar study found the same results and that it was detrimental to self-esteem, concluding that "Those who played games more in the study also scored lower in school, and had lower self-esteem."
http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au...
http://venturebeat.com...
http://oncampus.macleans.ca...
"Ariella Lehrer is a trained psychologist who designs games specifically for middle-aged women. Her company focuses on romance and mystery, including games based on the novels of Jane Austen and the popular TV detective show "Murder She Wrote. But Lehrer said the psychology behind the games is pure Las Vegas. With flashy graphics and intermittent rewards, games are calibrated to hook you within 20 minutes. We learned this with rats in a food pedestal," Lehrer said. "If you only occasionally give a reward then you keep going. That's what Las Vegas does. The rewards don't come every time."
Video games are meant to draw people in and keep them in. This traps children into a cycle of disappointment and seeking approval, which often occurs through videos games. This cycle leads to poor self-esteem and low grades. Children with lower grades and poor self-esteem are more like to be depressed, engage in risky behavior, and to be less confident.
http://abcnews.go.com...
http://www.livestrong.com...
Debate Round No. 2
Spenser4Hire

Con

Well, what do most people do when they get home? Probably watch tv? You can't be working 24/7 eventually you would need something to do to keep you entertained. Most people would just watch tv when they get home and I find that I interact more with a video game.
http://dailyemerald.com...
http://www.businessweek.com...
Just play a game like Civilizations or any game made by Paradox Interactive and you could learn tons of strategy tips on how to play the game.
Mustachero

Pro

"Well, what do most people do when they get home? Probably watch tv? You can't be working 24/7 eventually you would need something to do to keep you entertained. Most people would just watch tv when they get home and I find that I interact more with a video game.
http://dailyemerald.com......
http://www.businessweek.com......
Just play a game like Civilizations or any game made by Paradox Interactive and you could learn tons of strategy tips on how to play the game."

It's less about constantly working and more about constantly being productive. Although Civ is a great strategy game, it doesn't not replace studying or it doesn't build up the players self esteem. They may build up some useful skills, but they set people up to fail in society, through taking up time that could be used to learn and demolishing their self esteem. Con failed to disprove either of my points and instead went off on a tangent which is somewhat related, however failed to make a connection.
That being said, vote pro.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Spenser4Hire 3 years ago
Spenser4Hire
Sorry, I am new to debating.
Posted by TheSlenderMan 3 years ago
TheSlenderMan
So is this debate about "It damages ones ability to function in society"? or is it "It has the 'possibility' to damage ones ability to function in society"? Pro is right, this is not defined very well.

Man, the things I could already say in this debate...but I won't take it away from Pro. Con, you have to do better than that.
Posted by TheSlenderMan 3 years ago
TheSlenderMan
Ok, thank you.
Posted by Spenser4Hire 3 years ago
Spenser4Hire
Some parents seem to think that video games kill brain cells when playing them.
Posted by TheSlenderMan 3 years ago
TheSlenderMan
What is your definition of "rot your brain"?
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tulle
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Reasons for voting decision: As Pro stated in his last round, Con did not address either of his points, that time playing video games would be better spent studying, and video games contribute to self-esteem issues.