Online Gaming. These words make many parents concerned. The idea of facing opponents online isn’t that new as most people may think. During the mid-90s Nintendo was already trying online gaming with the SNES. Nonetheless, here are reasons why teens are becoming more addicted to online games:
1) Cheaper Games
As games become cheaper, more gamers can buy the latest FPS game for as little as $70. Any teen who can earn money can easily purchase any title without burning a hole in their pocket.
2) Gaming Rewards
Gamers spend countless of hours completing games just to achieve “digital rewards” (in the form of trophies or achievements) or to “level up.” The math is simple: more play time = better value for money. It’s enough to get anybody hooked.
3) Social Acceptance
Online gaming is the perfect medium for a teen who wants to escape the social challenges of school. A salient feature of online gaming is that these teens enjoy a hobby with people who probably has the same passion for them. Bullying normally doesn’t happen online as it does in school. Everyone’s banding together for a common goal, and gamers can join ‘guilds’ to connect with more people.
4) Peer Influence
The online world is not just made up of strangers, but gamers teens know in real world as well. Their fun starts when the school day ends, when their friends are online, capturing flags in Halo.
5) Socially Easy
Gaming can be a social activity. Headsets are popular accessories used during play, which make gamers talk to each other online. It is not uncommon for your to play with a headset and talk to other people while they play against each other. The topics can vary, from the game itself to the weather.
People have the need to be good at something. For a physically inept teen, it could just be ranking top 10 in a video game. The feeling of bettering opponents is rewarding, and isn’t too hard to achieve for teens who have played long enough. Retaining one’s position in the standing is serious work, and grinding hours away is required to keep it.