INFLUENCE OF VIDEO GAMES ON PRO-SOCIAL AND ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
Keywords:video games, pro-social and anti-social behavior, development of children, aggression
Development of information technologies and the Internet brought many changes in habits of children and adolescents, which carry numerous advantages but the risks as well. Among numerous techological achievements that reached the children and adolescents through the Internet and modern devices are video games with myriad of various themes and contents. The influence of video games on psychosocial development of adolescents is well-researched. In the majority of studies conclusions about harmful effect of video games in which the violent themes are dominating were drawn. Nonetheless, in recent time there are more and more studies that show that influence of video games on development and behavior of adolescents is positive and that playing video games is desirable as it develops thought process of children, empathy, pro-social forms of behavior, develops logic, social component of behavior etc. The goal of this paper is to point to positive and negative influences of video games on development of children and adolescents by comparative overview of the studies and the results the science achieved so far.
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