The Stinger

Are Nintendo Switches Detrimental to Student Productivity?

The+Nintendo+Switch+can+be+distracting+to+students+and+should+not+be+used+during+class+time.+
Back to Article
Back to Article

Are Nintendo Switches Detrimental to Student Productivity?

The Nintendo Switch can be distracting to students and should not be used during class time.

The Nintendo Switch can be distracting to students and should not be used during class time.

Trusted Reviews

The Nintendo Switch can be distracting to students and should not be used during class time.

Trusted Reviews

Trusted Reviews

The Nintendo Switch can be distracting to students and should not be used during class time.

Jonah Arellano, Staff Writer

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Since the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Dec. 7, 2018, there has been a significant increase in the amount of Nintendo Switches being sold with around 32.27 million sold as of Dec. 31, 2018.

With the raise in sales of the Nintendo Switch, many students who play video games contribute to a problem: gaming at school. From my observations I see this problem occur at school during break-times and even in class, as students play on their console of choice — the Nintendo Switch.

I have been invested in competitive gaming with games like Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon since middle school when practicing to compete in Smash Bros. and Pokémon competitions was my main priority. Back in junior high, I found myself constantly playing on my Nintendo 3DS both in and outside of school, so with the introduction of the Nintendo Switch, I and many other students, have once again become addicted, using our Switches in an environment that should be dedicated to learning.

When I practice techniques for games, I am motivated to play for a long duration of time until I am able to execute in-game-plays flawlessly. This is precisely why the Switch is a major source of procrastination, and I am not the only one who struggles with this.

After conversing with other owners of Switches, I found that we all had 115 hours of playtime for a game that was released only two months ago. These people are the same students who bring their Switches to school daily and can also be seen playing during class.

Furthermore, trading productivity and involvement at school for time on my Switch is an easy thing to do, and I will rapidly fall behind in my classes because of this. However, used in moderation and at the appropriate times, the Nintendo Switch definitely helps people interact with each other and have fun. For example, when someone starts a game of Super Smash Bros., almost everyone gets involved even if it is just to watch.

Switches are also great for recreation, which is why I joined the E-sports club — dedicated to competitive gaming. This club allots a healthy amount of time to gaming and so I am able to refrain from using my Switch in class knowing that I will be able to use it later on in the day. Hopefully, more students will consider only playing on their Switches in the appropriate setting: outside of classes.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About the Writer
Jonah Arellano, Staff Writer

Yo, I'm Jonah. I like to cook and create art. I am excited to be a new comrade to the Stinger this year and experience a tough learning experience. I hope...

Leave a Comment

Have something to say about this? Hateful and/or obscene comments will not be published.




Navigate Left
  • Are Nintendo Switches Detrimental to Student Productivity?

    Op-Ed

    Why Gun Control is Not the Solution

  • Are Nintendo Switches Detrimental to Student Productivity?

    Op-Ed

    The Importance of Respecting Women in the Workplace

  • Are Nintendo Switches Detrimental to Student Productivity?

    Op-Ed

    Teacher Tenure is Harmful to Students’ Education

  • Are Nintendo Switches Detrimental to Student Productivity?

    Op-Ed

    An Electrifying Movement

  • Are Nintendo Switches Detrimental to Student Productivity?

    Op-Ed

    Trump’s Border Wall is Detrimental to Desert Wildlife

  • Are Nintendo Switches Detrimental to Student Productivity?

    Op-Ed

    Save Students, Support Gun Control

  • Are Nintendo Switches Detrimental to Student Productivity?

    Campus Life

    A Guide to College Applications

  • Are Nintendo Switches Detrimental to Student Productivity?

    News

    Education Is a Right, Not a Privilege

  • Are Nintendo Switches Detrimental to Student Productivity?

    Op-Ed

    Reverse Racism: a Myth, a Lie, and an Excuse

  • Are Nintendo Switches Detrimental to Student Productivity?

    Movie Reviews

    Infinity War: Movie Review

Navigate Right
Adolfo Camarillo High School's student-run news publication
Are Nintendo Switches Detrimental to Student Productivity?