News By/Courtesy: Nirbha Dhawan | 04 Sep 2020 12:41pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • There was a recent incident that took place in Madhya Pradesh, where the child suffered a cardiac arrest and lost his life due to PUBG.
  • The list of such incidents is numerous. One was sent to a rehabilitation Centre, and one killed someone. It keeps on stretching.
  • Excess of everything is wrong, and suddenly we saw a shoot up in the use of video games like PUBG, Clash of Clans and fortnight, etc.

Remember when Iron Man refused to take out the arc reactor from the chest, we thought what a blunder it could make. If it had been Steve Rogers, was he to make the same mistake? Presumably not. Tony Stark was intelligent, but when it came to making wise choices, we anticipated help from Captain America. Captain America was an astute Avenger. Technological advancements do not necessarily widen our minds but may wither it away. Over time, the whims of the people have driven them to fall for the wrong source of entertainment that is video games.

Excess of everything is wrong, and suddenly we saw a shoot up in the use of video games like PUBG, Clash of Clans and fortnight, etc. This list could be endless. But are these games like PUBG the correct platform to spend your time and effort and not only the above, your money too. This online game, Player Unknown Battleground aka PUBG, emerged as a new fondness of people. It is violent, disruptive, and a habit-forming game. In this game, there is a Battleground where you come online and play. The objective of this game is to collect weapons and to kill other people. If a game is about killing others and gathering weapons, then just visualize the impact it would create on the mental health of the people. Studies show how violent games, shows, movies affect the mental peace of one's mind. Such an approach triggers our mind, and people indulging in the same are likely to have disrupted brains where their behaviour is aggressive, and they tend to show hostile emotions. People have become addicted to this game and can play the same at a stretch of 5 to 6 hours daily. Once you get hitched to the game, you feel an overwhelmed need to play. And this overwhelming addiction harms your mental health. Not only health is affected, but even physical relations get hindered due to such addiction. When we see people playing PUBG they have their abridged attention towards the game, and they shut out to their physical surroundings. They don't seem disposed to interact in person. We have seen incidents where children have forgotten to eat, drink, or talk besides playing. And their close ones are ruffled with such behaviour patterns.

There was a recent incident that took place in Madhya Pradesh, where the child suffered a cardiac arrest and lost his life due to PUBG. Many will come with arguments stating that the boy must have had a weak heart that resulted in such an upshot. But the doctors revealed that when the boy played the game at a stretch of 6 hours. He had a rush of hormones that increased his anxiety level and aggression due to losing a match, and this put him in a deep shock that ultimately blocked his heart. The boy was a swimmer. Who would have imagined such an outcome upon him?

The list of such incidents is numerous. One was sent to a rehabilitation Centre, and one killed someone. It keeps on stretching. Not only this, in the game, but people also meet unknown and random people online and play their matches with them. In today's world, we see so many scams taking place, so do we consider it wise to play a game where you interact with random people on one on one basis. One is willing to spend money online to buy clothes for the virtual character but won't donate even their old ones to people existing in reality. One is gladdened to spend their whole day and night imagining harming their health upon the screen but won't spare even an hour to face reality. Was this piece of the entertainment chosen to please ourselves? We need life, not virtually but in real. Remember when Iron Man refused to take out the arc reactor from the chest, we thought what a blunder it could make. If it had been Steve Rogers, was he to make the same mistake? Presumably not. Tony Stark was intelligent, but when it came to making wise choices, we anticipated help from Captain America. Captain America was an astute Avenger. Technological advancements do not necessarily widen our minds but may wither it away. Over time, the whims of the people have driven them to fall for the wrong source of entertainment that is video games.

Excess of everything is wrong, and suddenly we saw a shoot up in the use of video games like PUBG, Clash of Clans and fortnight, etc. This list could be endless. But are these games like PUBG the correct platform to spend your time and effort and not only the above, your money too. This online game, Player Unknown Battleground aka PUBG, emerged as a new fondness of people. It is violent, disruptive, and a habit-forming game. In this game, there is a Battleground where you come online and play. The objective of this game is to collect weapons and to kill other people. If a game is about killing others and gathering weapons, then just visualize the impact it would create on the mental health of the people. Studies show how violent games, shows, movies affect the mental peace of one's mind. Such an approach triggers our mind, and people indulging in the same are likely to have disrupted brains where their behaviour is aggressive, and they tend to show hostile emotions. People have become addicted to this game and can play the same at a stretch of 5 to 6 hours daily. Once you get hitched to the game, you feel an overwhelmed need to play. And this overwhelming addiction harms your mental health. Not only health is affected, but even physical relations get hindered due to such addiction. When we see people playing PUBG they have their abridged attention towards the game, and they shut out to their physical surroundings. They don't seem disposed to interact in person. We have seen incidents where children have forgotten to eat, drink, or talk besides playing. And their close ones are ruffled with such behaviour patterns.

There was a recent incident that took place in Madhya Pradesh, where the child suffered a cardiac arrest and lost his life due to PUBG. Many will come with arguments stating that the boy must have had a weak heart that resulted in such an upshot. But the doctors revealed that when the boy played the game at a stretch of 6 hours. He had a rush of hormones that increased his anxiety level and aggression due to losing a match, and this put him in a deep shock that ultimately blocked his heart. The boy was a swimmer. Who would have imagined such an outcome upon him?

The list of such incidents is numerous. One was sent to a rehabilitation Centre, and one killed someone. It keeps on stretching. Not only this, in the game, but people also meet unknown and random people online and play their matches with them. In today's world, we see so many scams taking place, so do we consider it wise to play a game where you interact with random people on one on one basis. One is willing to spend money online to buy clothes for the virtual character but won't donate even their old ones to people existing in reality. One is gladdened to spend their whole day and night imagining harming their health upon the screen but won't spare even an hour to face reality. Was this piece of the entertainment chosen to please ourselves? We need life, not virtually but in real.

 

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion, etcetera. This article is based purely on the author’s personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 04 Sep 2020 12:44pm IST


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