Nowadays, children play less with one another and this has an impact on their development. What are the reasons for this phenomenon? Does it have a good or a bad effect on children?
In this day and age, children seem to have become increasingly isolated from each other since those games that children used to play together like hide-and-seek, rope skipping and shuttlecock kicking have become things of the past. Currently, they just immerse themselves in their own world, playing computers by themselves.
As far as I am concerned, this phenomenon can be the result of our fast pace of life which can be reflected not only in our material pursuit but also in our technological innovation. In terms of the technology, the rapid upgrading of technology renders children’s playing with others unnecessary. In the past, children must gather together in order to play games. But now, it takes only a computer or even a more convenient iPad to play as many games as they like without worrying about the weather or the number of playmates they can get. With regard to our material pursuit, nowadays, it seems that everyone is material-oriented and takes the purpose of earning money as their ultimate goal. Driven by this goal, people care less about each other and this mentality has exerted a huge impact on children in letting them believe that they should focus only on their things and not to bother others.
Nevertheless, the trend of children playing less with others can be devastating and needs to be reversed. Studies have found that playing with others can be beneficial to children’s growth physically and mentally. It can not only strengthen their bodies but also enhance their minds. Furthermore, playing with others can improve one’s psychological health. Research shows those who like to stay alone are more likely to get depression while those who like to play with others are more likely to be optimistic and outgoing. If children just indulge themselves in their virtual world, then they may find it difficult reckoning with some real-life matters like dealing with interpersonal skills or emergencies.
All in all, children playing less with others may make negative effects on their development. Thus, it is necessary to take actions to reverse this trend.