Effect of video games on human body

Hey all of you gamers out there! Do you ever feel a rush of adrenaline and a sense of intensity whenever you play video games? Why do we feel so immersed and focused whenever we play video games. That is just the question we are yet to answer.

To find the truth behind this sensation, the High School Science Club set out and begun a research experiment on different age groups,  ranging from high schoolers (16-18 years old) and adults (50-55 years). Each volunteer was asked to play two different games which had varying genres meant to have different levels of focus and skill needed. Each volunteer had their heart rate, blood pressure and pain tolerance measured before, during, and after playing to see if playing video games really did have an effect on the human body. Blood pressure and heart rate were monitored using a digital monitor tied on the wrist. Pain tolerance was measured by pricking a pin several times on their arm and recording the counts they sensed. The measurements were compared to their resting state observations.

Line graphs were plotted for all the parameters to have a comparative insight of the variations. Some sample graphs have been shown herewith. The data evidently represented that all the tested parameters show higher variations during the test conditions as compared to the resting stage (control condition). Also, it was clearly noticed that volunteers in the teens group showed higher fluctuations in their heart rate and blood pressure while the older volunteers tend to have more stability in their basic parameters. This may also be attributed to the varying interest levels in people of different age groups.

Though the data was divergent for different volunteers, making it inappropriate to quantify the results as an average effect of video games. But overall trend in the data suggests, that there is a significant fluctuation in your heart rate and blood pressure along with a decrease in your pain sensitivity while playing video games.  Even though your body isn’t actually moving when you play video games, adrenal medulla gland releases hormones and adrenaline due to the amount of focus paid to the game. Some effects are also visible like dilation of pupils to enhance focus for the game.

It can be concluded that a prolonged use of such games, may result in severe complications. These blood pressure variations may be mild for the moment but may have a long term effect on the body. So, we must advise young generations to use these activities only for leisure rather than an addictive routine. 

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Study conducted by: Layan Salameh (Gr11), John Michael Magallanes (Gr10), Marcel Improta (Gr10) and Sobaan Basharat (Gr10)

Supervisor: Mrs. Neha Pachisia

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Technology Eases Election Process

Student Council Elections

The truest forms of Leadership arise from students determined to give birth to change. Within these walls, an organization takes oath to morph these leaders into the greatest form, the student body deserves to see. In Student Council, Leaders are born before our eyes as we watch them passionately chase after what they believe is theirs, taking hold of positions in the annual Student Council Elections. The overwhelming factor however, was not the results of the next-year positions, but rather how technology brilliantly went hand-in-hand with such a prestigious event. ISG-Dammam has become widely known for unlocking the doors of technology on our campus with golden keys. Therefore, May 21st marks the day those passionate leaders were elected through the swipe of a finger, as students took advantage of the available technology provided by the school and completed the voting procedure online with the help of Google Apps. Congratulations to the following people, whom have demonstrated pure excellence:

President – Nihal Ranjit
Vice President –  Hamza Riaz
Secretary  – Noorcein slim
Treasurer  -Tasneem Farag

As for ISG -Dammam, the adaptation to 21st Century advancements continues within our walls, as we uncover more and more methods of displaying passion in its rawest forms, and surely excelling in the race against technology.

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-Noor Ra’fat (Journalism Layout Editor)