Video games change the brain in the same ways that gambling, drugs and alcohol do.
The parts of the brain that regulate the dance between emotions and behavior are affected by playing video games.
We know we get good at what we practice, so when Frank plays video games 4-5 hours a day, he’s training his brain to be addicted.
We don’t know what will happen when Frank grows up and goes off to college and experiments with cocaine. Will he not see the danger because his brain is trained to feel this way?
The level of dopamine actually increases in the brains of gamblers when they’re losing. The same dynamic is seen in gamers’ brains. Are we training kids to be gamblers? Only time will tell.
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