Gaming with Moderation
We live in a day and age where the term “Gaming” is no longer a term relegated to no-life adult misfits living in their parent’s basements or 10 year olds and their Nintendo Game Boy. Our social culture has evolved into one where gaming is a common term and a common hobby, one that is enjoyed by many from a variety of ages and socio-economic backgrounds. The growth of the PC industry and then the subsequent growth of the mobile industry, combined with the cost for computer hardware decreasing, we have seen new trends in regards to the gaming world.
For one, the gaming hobby is enjoyed by many more people this generation than all previous generations! Probably all generations combined! And, one of the most interesting trends is the fact that gaming has allowed people to connect across barriers and boundaries with people they may never have had the opportunity to connect with! Gamers from various parts of the world can login to a simple site or an application, and they can play with various players from many cultures and locations. This makes the vast gaming world in fact, quite a small world.
This is one of the greatest advantages. Online gaming enables Gamers from many different locations to play against each other, sometimes in a competitive environment. Games are often crafted to appeal to long-term and/or repeatable play, which in turn can have some negative effects. It is important that we understand the negative effects that can come from being immersed into the gaming world, as they are the type of effects that creep up on us. Below is a small list of some of the physical and emotional repurrcussions of this popular hobby:
- Online gaming can lead to increased depression, due to extended periods of time playing with little physical activity.
- Long durations of gaming can cause pain in the back, neck, and spines of gamers. This pain can become chronic, and in the worst cases, lead to serious disability
- High amounts of time spent in gaming an affect eyesight and eye strength. This can likewise make their eyes agony and they ordinarily wind up having awful eyesight
Christian should manage their immersion into technology in the same manner they should manage anything else: through moderation. Moderation avoids extremes, exercises restraint, and practices self-control. Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that self-control is one of the fruits of the spirit, and 1 Corinthians 6:12 tells us that though all things are allowable, not all things are good.
This is especially true with gaming. The Scriptures are very clear on having a moderating control over things that we do. Moderation should be exercised in time and intensity spent. We should look at approach gaming like we should approach every item that can influence or affect our mind, our body, our heart, and most importantly, our relationships with Jesus and with others.