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Student Research Guide WQ24/ Impact of Gaming on Adolescents

Student Research Guide for Library 201/Chase Grimm

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The Impact of Gaming on Adolescents

 This is a student created research guide for English 102 & Library 201 Learning community

  • This guide will address the effects of gaming on adolescent behavior.
  • The purpose of this guide is to educate people on the impact video gaming has on adolescent's social interaction skills, academic performance, and the development of addictive behaviors.
  • This guide will discuss ways to minimize adolescents video gaming time and what excessive video game use does to the brain of an adolescent.
  • This guide presents information and resources on the effects of video gaming for long periods of time on adolescents.


The research thesis of this guide is to explore how excessive video game use can influence an adolescents brain chemistry. It covers how gaming affects their social skills, academic performance, and the likelihood of developing addictive behaviors.

The research questions addresses in this guide are:

  1. How can video games effect adolescents in a negative way?
  2. How can video games effect them in a positive way?
  3. How can video games lead to the development of addiction?
  4. How can video games effect academic performance?
  5. Do video games actually have an effect on adolescents?


This paper explores the impact of video games on adolescents, tracing the evolution of gaming from its humble beginnings to its current cultural significance. The research delves into the behavioral implications of video gaming, focusing on its effects on social interaction skills, academic performance, and the development of addictive behaviors among young adolescents. The study draws on a variety of sources, including academic journals and surveys, to analyze the influence of video games on adolescents' lives. Through a review of existing literature and observed evidence, the paper highlights the complex interplay between video gaming and adolescent behavior, shedding light on both the positive and negative consequences associated with prolonged gaming. The findings reveal a significant correlation between excessive video gaming and harmful outcomes such as depression, ADHD, ASD, sleep disturbances, and a decline in academic performance. Additionally, alarming incidents, such as violent behavior attributed to gaming, highlight the potential risks associated with exposure to certain types of video games. The research methodology involved a comprehensive review of relevant literature, including academic studies, surveys, and accounts, to provide a refined understanding of the topic. By synthesizing findings from diverse sources, the essay offers a comprehensive analysis of the impact of video games on adolescents' behavior, highlighting the need for further research and interventions to address the complex challenges posed by excessive gaming. The implications of the findings emphasize the importance of promoting healthier screen time habits among adolescents and prioritizing academic responsibilities. Additionally, greater awareness and intervention efforts to address video game addiction and moderate its adverse effects on mental health is important when addressing this issue. Future research should explore the potential benefits of video gaming, such as cognitive development, motor skills, creativity, and empathy, to provide a balanced perspective on the subject. Overall, the paper stresses the need for a holistic approach to understanding and managing the impact of video games on adolescents, emphasizing the importance of informed discussions and evidence-based interventions in navigating this complex terrain.

Background Information

Video games have undergone a remarkable evolution, transitioning from simple pixelated diversions to immersive digital experiences that define the new generation of gaming. This evolution can be traced back to the mid-20th century when early video games like Pong and Space Invaders captivated audiences with their rudimentary graphics and gameplay mechanics. However, it wasn't until the introduction of arcade cabinets and home gaming consoles in the 1970s and 1980s that video games truly entered the mainstream. Titles like Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros, and The Legend of Zelda revolutionized the industry, laying the foundation for the modern gaming landscape. The transition to the new generation of games was propelled by advancements in technology, particularly in graphics rendering, processing power, and storage capacity. The advent of 3D graphics and CD-ROM technology in the 1990s ushered in a new era of gaming characterized by immersive worlds, cinematic storytelling, and complex gameplay mechanics. This period saw the emergence of iconic franchises such as Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, and Resident Evil, which pushed the boundaries of what was possible in interactive entertainment. 

With the dawn of the 21st century, the gaming industry experienced another paradigm shift with the rise of online gaming communities, digital distribution platforms, and mobile gaming. Online multiplayer games like World of Warcraft and Call of Duty transformed gaming into a social experience, allowing players to connect and compete with others around the globe in real-time. Meanwhile, digital storefronts like Steam and the App Store revolutionized the distribution model, enabling indie developers to reach audiences directly and democratizing access to games. Today, the new generation of games continues to evolve with advancements in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), cloud gaming, and artificial intelligence (AI). VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR offer immersive experiences that blur the line between reality and virtuality, while AI-driven NPCs (non-playable characters) and dynamic game worlds provide unprecedented levels of realism and interactivity. As gaming technology continues to advance, the possibilities for innovation and creativity in the gaming industry are virtually limitless. The impact of video gaming on the social interaction skills and behavior of adolescents is deep and complex. Many adolescents have become more introverted as they prefer staying indoors to play video games rather than engaging in outdoor activities. This trend is exacerbated by the preference for virtual communication over face-to-face interactions. As a result, adolescents may become less adept at navigating real-world social situations, relying instead on online platforms for socialization.

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The video below addresses the behaviors of young adolescents that are addicted to gaming. Its important to my topic as it supplies two real life examples of adolescents with gaming addictions.

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