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shakiisueteen
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wjmelements
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do video games really rot your brain?

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wjmelements
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/20/2010 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 7 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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shakiisueteen

Con

thanks to who ever argues with me....:l

I believe that video games cannot harm your brain. Video games only serve the purpose of entertaining and possibly even for comfort. Um... unless you get addicted I don't think it does any harm:p
wjmelements

Pro

My opponent has clarified in the comments that the resolution is whether or not video games lead to mental damage, or brain harm.

harm- mental damage, hurt http://dictionary.reference.com...
damage- injury or harm that reduces value or usefulness http://dictionary.reference.com...

A study at Tohoku University [1] showed that video games stint development of the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls behavior. The study originally intended to show that video games improved brain functionality.

Another study, at Tokyo's Nihon Unviersity [2], agrees, finding that video games lead to decreased brain activity, particularly in the prefrontal region of the brain. This harms emotional control, focus, and creativity.

Therefore, studies have demonstrated that video games do indeed harm the brain.

Sources:
[1] http://www.guardian.co.uk...
[2] http://findarticles.com...
Debate Round No. 1
shakiisueteen

Con

I dissagree with one of your arguments... While your research is acurate and makes sense....You'd think that video games would increase youre imagination and develop your thinking capabilities though they wont be usefull in real life:l
Plus you would think that your hand coordination is improved along with your reaction time.

Plus, is that research done with accordance to the wii? Since it was proven that the video game station wii improves your health and even your heart rate. That does help your brain:D
wjmelements

Pro

My opponent's suppositions lack evidence and are contradicted by the science he concedes is accurate. Video games weaken the frontal area of the brain and, contrary to my opponent's imagination, lessen creativity and control. This is considered harm.

While the same studies found that video games improve hand-eye coordination, they harm nonetheless (and do more harm than good overall), and so the resolution is negated.

The research was not done with the Wii, but this is irrelevant. There is no study showing that the Wii doesn't hurt these parts of the brain, and even if there was, the Wii would be the exception, rather than the rule.

Therefore, the resolution is negated. I thank my opponent for this debate.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by mongeese 7 years ago
mongeese
Interesting. Source?
Posted by wjmelements 7 years ago
wjmelements
I don't doubt that.
Posted by Sonofkong 7 years ago
Sonofkong
Recent studies prove E rated racing games cause more aggression than M rated FPS's.
Posted by Veridas 7 years ago
Veridas
@ wjmelements.

The links you provided didn't accurately prove that video games stunt the development of the prefrontal cortex, only that video games do not require use of it. Not once did either source actually prove that the video games directly and inarguably damage the brain, they simply said that they did.

Notice that the studies in question chose not to compare the mental activity of video games with, for instance, something equally easy like watching television or listening to music, no, they chose to compare it with mathematics, exercises that demand concentration and direct use of the prefrontal cortex.

Notice also how your first source didn't state what game was being played, if it were a "casual" game then odds are prefrontal cortex activity is less likely because such games don't require a great deal of forethought or planning, perhaps if the study had taken place alongside a game that encompassed morality choices such as Fallout 3 then the prefrontal activity would have been greater.

All in all, I have to say I'm disappointed in Shaki for succumbing so easily, but your argument is far from conclusive.

Also, it's The Guardian, The Guardian are a bunch of hypocrites. http://www.guardian.co.uk...

Seriously.
Posted by shakiisueteen 7 years ago
shakiisueteen
that was fun :D

thanks wjmelements for the great debate :)
Posted by shakiisueteen 7 years ago
shakiisueteen
harm as in mental damage and rot as in um... not littrally :l
Posted by wjmelements 7 years ago
wjmelements
Define harm and rot.
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