Video games help kids stay social during Covid-19

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Josh Caramagno

Playing video games doesn’t only keep you in contact with friends during quarantine,  it can help you in the classroom, too. According to research, “Playing video games for 30 minutes a day can improve 3 different muscles in the brain: the prefrontal cortex, right hippocampus, and cerebellum.” 

Playing video games is something kids do them for many different reasons. Some use games to stay in touch with people they don’t see often. Some play the game to relax after a long day. Some people play the game, so they can relate with family members who also play the game. But in this current pandemic of Covid-19, we are forced to be in quarantine. This quarantine has been going on for 8 weeks now, and we don’t have a clue when it will end. Until we are allowed to return to normal life, most kids have turned to video games we play with friends.

Playing video games is great because we are able to talk to plenty of friends. We are not at school, so being able to laugh with friends after a long day of online school is great for kids. Edison Intermediate School history teacher Mrs. Jacqueline Messinger had this to say about video games, “Video games can inspire creativity like Minecraft or competition like MarioKart. Also, the games can take us to a different time and place, giving us a needed break from reality. Finally, these games reinforce the State Executive Order to stay at home, practicing social distancing.” 

 Edison Intermediate School teacher Mrs. Esther Van Riper added, “Video games absolutely are a distraction for students during the pandemic.” 

Covid-19 also took away all spring and summer sports so far from us. Now that all club and spring sports are done, playing video games is a great way to stay in contact with teammates. Zach Chari from Marietta, Georgia explained,“You can’t see your teammates, and you don’t want to be by yourself. You need to get away from your family. So, you can talk through Xbox and other gaming devices to keep in contact with people.”

During COVID -19 we are forced to be social distancing, so being able to play video games is a great and safe way to communicate with friends and family during the pandemic. Staying in touch with people has never been more important. Now that we are all stuck in our house we need to be social with more than just family.