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The impact of online gaming

Filed on January 22, 2020 | Last updated on January 22, 2020 at 07.26 pm

This refers to your editorial Online gaming: addictive villain or brain's best friend (KT, Jan. 21). Online gaming is one of the widely used leisure activities by many people. For some, it is a stress-buster, a challenge, or means to relax. For others, gaming allows them to momentary escape from the real world. But what starts as a pastime could become an addiction. Spending too much time on it can prove detrimental to the mind and body as well. Migraines, sleep disturbances, lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, backache, etc. And it doesn't often stop at that. Gaming addicts also face social consequences.

Some education experts suggest that too much gaming could corrupt the brains. Even though some games are marketed as brain games to improve problem-solving ability, logical skill, enhance quick-thinking capacity, and many such associated virtues, the truth is addiction to them can be detrimental.

Online gaming can prove beneficial and it can be brain's best friend if users resist the temptation of getting trapped and keep the addiction at bay.

-Jayashree Kulkarni, Pune, India

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