“Are you obsessed with gaming?” (Entertainment and Recreation)

• Introductionicon

Previously, we discussed the e-book. There is another topic that people always discuss. Is digital technology very important in your daily life? How do you use the digital technology to entertain yourself? As entertainments include different kinds of stuff such as social networking (Facebook, YouTube) and digital gaming (PS4, NDS). Yet, focusing on gaming, are you obsessed with it?

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• History of games

In the past, people just played the traditional games, that’s hide-and-seek, ball games, and Kith Kith. In the late 90s, the digital technology is growing up and people started to have gameboys, and laptops. In the early 00s, the technology advancement is changing so fast and it developed the PS4 and NDS. Until now, we are in the digital world and people would have their own digital gaming such as Xbox, WII, 3D glasses and play station, even smartphones, online games, and applications. We can choose anythings we like.

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• Pros

The aspect of personal, the advantages of digital gaming can feel relaxing. According to the research, there are 73% interviewees used smartphone and tablet to play digital games and reflects people play games when they are stressful and bored.

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Besides, there are 85% interviewees agreed that playing digital games can reduce their stress. As Hong Kongers live in the fast-speed city, they may want to play games rather than doing exercises at home.

What’s more, the aspect of business, the development of gaming industry can boost the economy quickly.

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In our global games market, according to the data, all digital games that including handheld games, and tablet games . It shows the total revenue of the gaming industry gained $91.5 billions in 2015. As more and more types of games are developing, as well as many people would buy many digital games. So, the booming economy is increasing till now.

• Cons

The aspect of personal, people who obsessed on gaming may affect their healthy problems. As seen from the graphic, no matter teenagers or adults, people play digital games in a long period of time would appear the physically and mentally impacted. The game requires the real-time action, and players want to win the competition. Players will feel nervous and always use the same fingers to replace these actions. It would appear the problem with their hands. Also, they suppress their emotional response to cope with their anxiety.

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Another disadvantage of obsession with gaming, it may affect the social interaction because spending many hours in front of a screen can cause social problems that gamers becoming introvert and don’t know how to communicate and express with others, even their family. After that,  many of the games involve more violent, leading gamers with the tendency to lose control and become more aggressive. These are the cons of people who obsessed with gaming.

• My viewpoint

Although I don’t play the digital games, there is no doubt that digital technology is essential in our life. Without the digital games to entertain people in the leisure time, it looks like they lost the value of survival. But, I do not agree that people can be an obsession on gaming and give up their academic or career as obsession on gaming will cause permanent damage to the body. In the contrast, we should use them suitably.

For teenagers, I recommend that parents must set up a timetable to control the time for teenagers spend on gaming. For instance, specifies how much time children to play digital games and encourage them to finish homework before they play games. REMEMBER, we need to have enough rest when we play games because health is very important!

• Reference

1. 10 Popular Games

http://www.thebetterindia.com/10492/lesser-known-traditional-games-sports-india/

2.The disadvantages of video game addiction

http://internetaddictionresource.com/2013/08/22/the-disadvantages-of-video-game-addiction/

3.The history of video games

http://neomam.com/blog/8-awe-inspiring-video-game-infographics/

“Can e-book be efficient for students to learn in Hong Kong?” (Education and Learning)

• Introductione-book

Most of the people may discuss the e-book can be efficient for students to learn or not. Before starting this topic, e-book (electronic book) is the textbook made available in digital form on the electronic devices. The research of scholars predicted many foreign countries would not use the traditional learning model, that’s using printed books, but with e-books to enable for students to learn in the future. So, can Hong Kong takes advantage of developing the e-book for students to learn?

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• Detail

Studying by using the e-book, every student must have their own electronic devices such as smartphones, and laptops. According to Public Opinion Programme, the data mentions each family has an average number of laptop /computer is 2.5 and the smartphone is 3.2. It reflects Hong Kong’s technology and development is mature enough for students to learn via the e-books. In the same time, there are many pros and cons of using e-books.

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In the surface, the direct benefit of using e-books can save time. Information is searchable within the e-book and some articles and websites would highlight the keywords. It is very convenient and efficient for students as they can read the relevant information they want. So, students can read e-books at anytime and anywhere.

 

Deep down, the higher aspect of using e-books can enhance the interactions. E-books are many functions, including audio, video, and animations. Students can feel fun during using the online dictionary and watching the interesting animations when they misunderstand vocabulary words and pronunciation. It can improve their capacity for study as e-books look like a teacher who corrects student’s mistakes. In consequence, e-book can improve the efficiency of student learning.

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• Cons

E-books instead of printed books, it may affect student’s vision. Students need to watch the electronic screen at school and home. It is a long period of using the electronic devices. And, if students are not enough eye movement and relaxation, it will make students visually impaired and myopia.

 

In addition, it may affect student’s concentration on the study. Electronic devices include iPad or iPhone. Besides the e-book, there are many applications, such as games app, and movies app. Students would be easy to divert their attention and prolong the study time because it can attract students to play in class and browse other entertainment websites. In consequence, e-book can’t improve the efficiency of student learning.

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• My viewpoint

Summary all the advantages and disadvantages, I agree that e-book can be efficient for students to learn in Hong Kong as e-books are useful and involve many functions. Thus, if I can’t catch up in the class and understand teacher’s explanation, e-books can help me to grab an attention and teach the correct knowledge to me. Also, it can let me feel interested when I study. Also, most of the students would learn the knowledge actively by themselves.

 

Basic on the research, I think it is an opportunity for developing e-book and make it more popular, as well as Hong Kong is an high-technology society and enough resources to help the primary and secondary schools in order to encourage most of schools participate in it.

 • Reference

√ Data/Statistic

1.E-Books Set to Surpass Print in the U.S.

https://www.statista.com/chart/2823/book-market-development-forecast/

2. Modern Family Lifestyle Survey (The University of Hong Kong Public Opinion Programme)

https://www.hkupop.hku.hk/chinese/report/modernFamilyLifestyle/content/resources/presentation.pdf

3. The Great Debate: eBooks vs Physical Books | Infographic

http://the-girlygeek.blogspot.hk/2014/09/the-great-debate-ebooks-vs-physical.html

√ News

1. http://paper.wenweipo.com/2012/10/08/ED1210080001.htm

2.http://health.popart.hk/newver/newsinfo.php?pid=2447&title=長時間看電子書眼睛易壞