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Cyberdependency

The advantages and disadvantages of the Internet and online games

It’s not true that online games don’t provide any benefits! On the other hand, we can’t deny that they have a bad side too. Here are the main advantages and disadvantages of online games.

The advantages of online games

  • We interact with other young people, we can create groups and communities, and we help each other: we socialize
  • We can learn new strategies, solve problems, and meet challenges: we think!
  • We develop our observational skills and work on our attention and concentration: we learn.

The disadvantages of online games

  • We don’t develop our motor skills. When we’re sitting in front of a screen, at best we might be moving our fingers… but we’re spending less time developing our passions, interests, and new skills. We aren’t out bicycling, experimenting with art materials, or playing a musical instrument.
  • We get bad habits. When we’re playing on a screen, we’re not playing outdoors or practising a sport. There are only 24 hours in a day! If we spend our time playing or surfing online, we stop moving: we turn into couch potatoes. And that’s dangerous for our health! In addition, passive activities are often accompanied by bad eating habits, such as snacking more and eating unhealthier food.