“It’s a waste of time”, “Videogame are destroying your brain”. If you have used video games regularly, you will certainly have heard your mother say these phrases. Yet today it seems that your passion for video games was right: some studies have in fact revealed that not only do they not harm, but they can even help develop certain skills and stay healthy. Let’s go to see how!
Playing more video games make you smarter. Some videogame activities, in fact, increase the mind’s cognitive flexibility, allowing you to learn more efficiently. Action video games, however, increase the ability to analyze and identify the details of video players, allowing them to develop better spatial skills. Video games stimulate a more efficient neural process, improving performance in pattern recognition too.
Do video games make us sick?
Absolutely not, indeed. The new movement-based gaming systems – such as the Nintendo Wii or the Kinect of the Xbox – push us to move also in front of the home screen. That’s why video games are good for you even from a physical point of view. The need to make real movements to play, for example, (to move a tennis racket or throw a bowling ball) has convinced video and non-video gamers to act. How? By prompting them to perform some physical activity while having fun. Some research has revealed that these activities have benefits similar to those of physical exercises.
Videogames are good for you and also to your eyes.
Did you think that spending so many hours in front of the screen would make you blind? Your mother thought so too. But a study conducted by the University of Rochester found that gamers tend to have better view.Especially gamers who love action games. The reason is that we tend to blink less in front of the videogame. It is also the fact that the eyes do more exercise with the fast movements that characterize the action games.
They bring social benefits
Gamers are often described as lonely users, locked in a dark room with headphones on and no social life. Actually, video games help develop self-confidence, drive teamwork and collaboration through multiplayer video games. Video games can also cure anxiety and depression. Even simple words games like Ruzzle have a large community of players!
They help to learn
Video games are increasingly used in education. Minecraft, for example, is a game used in schools thanks to a special “educational” edition. The goal is to learn notions such as architecture or history. And do it through a simple tool that does not weigh on young people. It is a new way of learning. The gamer can challenge itself, trying hard to improve in the game. And, in the meantime, he’s learning useful notions. Videogames are good for you, for real!