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Fortnite is the new video game making it’s way to the top. Almost every kid has some version of this; mobile, Xbox, or Playstation. The game is becoming more popular by the minute and it doesn’t show any signs of stopping. Fortnite is a way for people escape reality. It can help make stress go away. “Scientists have collected and summarized studies looking at how video games can shape our brains and behavior. Research to date suggests that playing video games can change the brain regions responsible for attention and visuospatial skills and make them more efficient. The researchers also looked at studies exploring brain regions associated with the reward system, and how these are related to video game addiction.[1]

Overplaying video games can be bad. It become addictive. “Video games can also be addictive, and this kind of addiction is called ‘Internet gaming disorder.’ Researchers have found functional and structural changes in the neural reward system in gaming addicts, in part by exposing them to gaming cues that cause cravings and monitoring their neural responses. These neural changes are basically the same as those seen in other addictive disorders.” [2]

Some people may have a different opinion and say that video games are taking over our daily lives. I think, as long as you aren’t spending every second playing video games, it’s perfectly fine.

[1],[2]Frontiers. “Video games can change your brain: Studies investigating how playing video games can affect the brain have shown that they can cause changes in many brain regions.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 June 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170622103824.htm>.

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Jaylin Crumby, Reporter

I am a student athlete at TSFC. I am a wide receiver for TSFC  flag football and a tackle for the Tampa Hurricanes. When I get older, my plan is to make it into the NFL.

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