Mobile Games And Their Adverse Effect On Adolescents’ Thought Process.

Document Type : Primary Research paper

Authors

1 Ph.D. Research Scholar, Department of Visual Communication, School of Mass Communication Vels Institute of Science Technology and Advanced Studies (Deemed to be University), Chennai, T.N, India.

2 Associate Professor & Head at Department of Visual Communication, School of Mass Communication Vels Institute of Science, Technology and Advanced Studies, Chennai, T.N, India.

Abstract

Technology had advanced to such an extent that it is true that everyone is dependent on technological advancement for their daily routines. The emergence of Artificial intelligence, Virtual reality, augmented reality and many more are leveraged in many areas of human lives. Gaming is not the one that it is not benefitted from technological advancements. Games are preferred by many as a leisure activity. But in recent years the computer games have evolved to such a level that a majority of the population play games by making use of the Internet facility. This is particularly predominant among adolescents. Adolescents are engaged in Internet gaming to such an extent that they are found to be addicted to Internet games. This is detrimental to the physical and mental health of adolescents. By mobile gaming, we mean games that are played on smartphones and other portable gadgets (Ipads, tablets, etc). The emergence of massively multiplayer online games has proven to cause various health hazards in adolescents. Many studies report that mobile games are preferred by many adolescents next to social media. Many adolescents are found to have been addicted to Internet gaming practice to such great levels as to affect their academic performance as well as their general pleasant behaviour. Data from the Entertainment Software Associations shows that the average age of the persons addicted to Internet games is 30 years and 32 percent of the players are adolescents who are less than 18 years old.The video game addiction statistics confirm that nearly 12 percent of boys and 7 percent of girls of the global population are found to show mobile game addiction. In this article, we present the negative effects of Internet game addiction on adolescents. In this article, the terms Internet gaming and mobile gaming are used interchangeably.

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