Video Games or Reading? can both co-exist together

United States
January 9, 2007 11:50am CST
I have been reading on mylot that my kids do video games all the time and don't like to read. Do you think that we can do both. Play video games and be interested in reading too. Or do video games change the chemicals in your brain so you stop reading. What do you think?
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@madgirl (210)
• India
10 Jan 07
I don't think so. I used to read and play games a lot. But well doing both together all the time does definitely ruin the eyes. But I don't believe that you lose the habit of reading just because you play games. However, if you start watching TV, you lose the habit of reading. This is from my personal experience.
• Philippines
10 Jan 07
I dont think you can do both. Reading takes time to do as well as playing video games. I tried to read books and play video games nowadays, but my heart belongs to playing video games rather than reading a book because video games can be so addictive. Reading will lead you to imagining things that you read while playing video games especially rpg's (role playing games) can take you there and read and experience the game because your playing it not just imagining it.
@natuser28 (907)
• United States
9 Jan 07
What they can do is bind the two together. Have a video game where alot of reading is enough, sound little of but could be an idea.
• United States
9 Jan 07
Well I don't agree with that fact. I played video games when I was younger and I still do. I was a huge bookworm when I was younger and still am a big bookworm if not more so of one. So to me both can go hand in hand...
@beyonce03 (2331)
• Canada
9 Jan 07
I think that with books like Harry Potter and Eragon (and here in Quebec Les chevaliers d'Émeraudes) kids are starting to read a little bit more. A lot of them do both. I'm hoping that more books for them will be released and that they will continue to read more :)
@crystal8577 (1470)
• United States
9 Jan 07
My oldest will play her game boy a lot. She also reads every night though (she is 7 1/2). I don't think it ihas to be a one or the other type of situation. She reads all on her own while in bed & will take books whenever she goes somewhere.
• United States
9 Jan 07
It's a sad day today that our youth find these mind numbing games more stimulating than a book that develops the brain. As I've said in other discussions, we (the U.S.) won the war against Japan but now Japan is winning the war against our children's minds. They both can exist but the parents have to intervene to control the amount of time spent doing either one. Don't forget children need to do physical activities as well to grow properly. Get kids outside to play I say. ‹(°¿°)›