EVERYTHING IN MODERATION
The author is Teacher
DANNY V. MANUEL
Mobile gaming has become popular especially with the young generation this past few years. One of the most popular mobile game out there is Mobile Legends. As a matter of fact, the online game due to its popularity will be an official medal game in the upcoming SEA Games 2019.
With its popularity, debates about its effects have been creating buzzes in different countries including the Philippines. Although some may say that the game is good for the brain and it enhances coordination of the senses, many still could not get away of the fact that it also has its bad effects, especially for the younger generation and young professionals. Its negative effects include loss of productivity among students and professionals, lack of social life, sleep problems and out of control spending. Due to its negative effect some suggested that the game should be banned in the country, or at least be avoided during class and office hours.
As teachers, we should always remind our students that everything should be taken in moderation, including playing online games. We should let our students understand that are things that should be prioritized and there are things that they can settle aside for a while and go back to once they finish a productive activity. It is also important to make them aware that online games are good if it helps them develop their abilities and skills but if it only promotes violence and poor health, they should consider uninstalling the games before it becomes an addiction. As technology advances, more online games will be out to be played. But we should help our students realize that there is more to life than just playing these games. They should focus more on things which will help them reach their destination and achieve their aspirations in life.
II at Pampanga High School