The Ergonomics of Computer Gaming

By gildalit

childrens ergonomic
More and more doctors recommend that you use the Wii gaming console as a tool for physical exercise  and up keep of a healthy lifestyle.
Does this idea have merits? I’m not so sure.
In many homes today, computers and televisions are used as the parents babysitter and lifesaver. When kids get bored, it is just too easy to tell them to go watch TV or play on the computer.
On the other hand, many parents are becoming aware of the physical deterioration caused by prolonged sitting in front of a computer or television and their conscience is working overtime!
However, recently it seemed a solution to this quandary has been found. Parents talk about it enthusiastically  – “I bought the kids a Wii console and we are really pleased, it’s a win win situation – the kids are absorbed into this new activity and are busy and quiet, plus they’re actually physically active in a way even doctors recommend”.
I, for one, did not buy my children the Wii, and surprisingly, they’ve never asked me to do so.
The truth to be told is that my children love real life activity, like riding a bike outside, playing tennis on a real tennis court, they enjoy basketball and soccer, playing catch with their friends… generally, they prefer being outside rather than inside the house.
In my opinion, children playing Wii get too used to the convenience of home, to the sweetened drinks and sweets accompanying play time. They lose the ability to orient themselves in space, they lose range of motion, physical interaction and physical contact gained in playing with other children. They miss out on learning and improving the different timing perception of ball delivery, kick, and body balance acquired when playing outside, and suffer a loss of the sensory capability acquired outside the home. Yes, even the ability of dealing with the elements and some inclement weather is lost to them.
I agree that there are some health benefits to playing Wii but they can not be at all compared favorably to games held in the open, fresh air outside. In fact, the most dangerous thing is that those games become a permanent substitute for real life active games and supply us parents with the illusion that we can, in good conscience, allow our children to sit at the computer again.

More and more doctors recommend that you use the Wii gaming console as a tool for physical exercise  and up keep of a healthy lifestyle.Does this idea have merits? I’m not so sure.In many homes today, computers and televisions are used as the parents babysitter and lifesaver. When kids get bored, it is just too easy to tell them to go watch TV or play on the computer.On the other hand, many parents are becoming aware of the physical deterioration caused by prolonged sitting in front of a computer or television and their conscience is working overtime!However, recently it seemed a solution to this quandary has been found. Parents talk about it enthusiastically  – “I bought the kids a Wii console and we are really pleased, it’s a win win situation – the kids are absorbed into this new activity and are busy and quiet, plus they’re actually physically active in a way even doctors recommend”.I, for one, did not buy my children the Wii, and surprisingly, they’ve never asked me to do so.The truth to be told is that my children love real life activity, like riding a bike outside, playing tennis on a real tennis court, they enjoy basketball and soccer, playing catch with their friends… generally, they prefer being outside rather than inside the house.In my opinion, children playing Wii get too used to the convenience of home, to the sweetened drinks and sweets accompanying play time. They lose the ability to orient themselves in space, they lose range of motion, physical interaction and physical contact gained in playing with other children. They miss out on learning and improving the different timing perception of ball delivery, kick, and body balance acquired when playing outside, and suffer a loss of the sensory capability acquired outside the home. Yes, even the ability of dealing with the elements and some inclement weather is lost to them.
I agree that there are some health benefits to playing Wii but they can not be at all compared favorably to games held in the open, fresh air outside. In fact, the most dangerous thing is that those games become a permanent substitute for real life active games and supply us parents with the illusion that we can, in good conscience, allow our children to sit at the computer again.


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Wendy Bailey
May 2nd, 2010

Ya for my kids it’s very simple…I tell them humans are designed to be outside walking, running and playing around!

But the games are fun, and occasionally I will get sucked in for an hour for a computer game :-)


gildalit
May 2nd, 2010

The main thing to my opinion is the frequency and the time of continued use,
It is important to teach them from very young age the benefits of physical activities, and the most important to give a good example.


atv tires
September 2nd, 2010

Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize halve of them are stupider than that.

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