Gaming taking control

With more free time, gamers need to take a break


Popular games like Fortnite and Grand Theft Auto are now reaching more people than ever. It is important to rest your mind and take a break.

For the first time, kids are being told to stay indoors and on electronics rather than playing outside. With the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. rising to become the most infected country in the world, Americans are trying to take steps to help limit the number of people getting infected and are now self-isolating.
In the process, Verizon has reported a 75% increase in gaming amid the coronavirus outbreak and a 12% increase in video streaming during peak usage hours.
“With school closed, and being unable to see my friends in person, it is a way for me to play and interact with them in a different kind of way that is fun and entertaining,” avid gamer Gianna Di-Reumante said.
According to the Signal, 60% of Americans play video games daily. But with increased rates, more problems are about to arise. When someone is playing a game, their brain releases a chemical known as dopamine. This chemical is very important for the brain, but too much of it from gaming can translate to a gaming disorder.
“People should definitely limit their time on screens because it is bad for their mental and physical health,” Di-Reumante said. “Instead of gaming, people should do indoor exercises, spend time with their family, and try to enjoy some free time that they otherwise would not have.”
With the temptation of spending all day on electronics increasing, it is important to self-restrict as well as self-isolate.