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Do Video Games Affect Students’ Academic Performance?

Updated: Jan 30, 2019

By CHRIS CAMARGO, Contributing Writer

December 19, 2018


Many students like to play video games to relax and have fun. However, sometimes it can potentially affect a students academic studies within school. An experiment was done by me to see if this idea was fact or fiction. This began with a simple question. This being “Do video games affect your academic performance in school”?


Jack Cortez, senior at NBTHS, stated “Video games take time to play. But I do procrastinate after playing so much. They’re just to fun. You lose track of time after playing. In terms of it affecting my grades and studying time, it does. I don’t have time to finish my work or study due to playing so much. Sometimes I’m tired the next day."


Tony Reville, another senior at NBTHS, remarked “ Video games do not really affect my studies/performance in school. I play them when I have the time, but I also doing other stuff, including my homework. I still pay attention and learn new stuff in my class."


Henrry Dominguez, another student at NBTHS, stated “Yeah, they do sometimes, but not

often. Usually, when something new happens to a game such as a new patch or update, then I’ll get off track from school work and not be able to focus. But other than that I still do well in school."


The data recorded from the experiment was mixed. Some were leaning to affecting, others said no, and some students didn’t play video games. Video games affecting an individual's academic performance in school really depend on the type of person you are. If you are a person who gets easily distracted and sucked into the game, then the impact would be noticeable. But if you are capable of multiple of multitasking or just don’t play video games, then it doesn’t impact you.

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