E-SPORTS REPLACING PLAYGROUNDS
A majority of us have memories of our childhood evenings when we would come back home to our mothers crying with a bruised knee due to playing outdoors. As we grew up a little, we would come home and boast about the goals scored in the interschool football match. We made a lot of friends on the playground sweating it out together. But then technology took over our lives and brought an intriguing way to enjoy your favourite sport. Anything novel has its own appeal and same was the case with video games as well. What began as a popular pastime has now become a substitute for outdoor activities.
The tiny gaming console with a dot matrix finish screen clarity is now a full fledge gaming system which can cost you thousands of dollars. As technology gets better to improve our gaming experience, the importance of outdoor activity is gradually diminishing. This is because of various factors. The major one is that people enjoy a better gaming experience in the confines of their home with the kind of comfort that suits them. At any time of the day or night, one can indulge in video gaming. Nor do you need to depend on another individual’s company for your own enjoyment.
Technology may be a boon but it definitely has its drawbacks, especially in the case of video gaming. Instead of soaking in some Vitamin D and giving your body a cardio, we prefer being a couch potato with a gaming console in our hands. This has an adverse effect on our health in the long run. Along with this, avid gamers are gradually becoming less social as all they prefer interacting with is their gaming system. Psychiatrists have termed compulsive video gaming as a modern-day psychological disorder. This in itself is enough to show how much this addiction is getting out of hand. With the advent of VR in the video gaming world, things seem to be getting out of hand. It is an alarm that this addiction must be taken as seriously as an addiction of any intoxicated substance. Technology has definitely made our lives better but it is in our hands to use it for the right purpose.