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Childhood in the digital age
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2.3 Your view on video games

Next, you will think about your own views on video games.

Activity 2

Think about the following questions:

  • In your experience is there a link between video game playing and negative behaviours, such as violence, aggression and social isolation?
  • Being more of an optimist, what do you feel are the benefits of playing video games?

Make notes about your thoughts.

If you would like to explore more detailed accounts of the academic debate about such a ‘rewiring the brain’ topic, then we would recommend comparing the views of two researchers. Read this article by Professor Susan Greenfield, a professor of psychology and pharmacology at Oxford University: Living online is changing our brains [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . Compare it to the response from Neil Levy, Head of Neuroethics at The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, University of Melbourne: Your brain on the internet: a response to Susan Greenfield.