Playing video games is not seen as waste of time anymore. For years gamers tried to prove how beneficial their favourite hobby can be, and the world finally starts to agree.
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Many parents still think that letting their kids play a game is unhealthy and counterproductive. Not to mention how their kid’s brain will turn into a mash and eyesight will suffer from staring at the screen all day long. Kids and grown-up gamers face that same preconception every day.
Video games had been blamed for violence, laziness and all other evil things that happen in today’s world. Recent studies show how gaming could be beneficial for developing various skills. Mental and physical health, social benefits and teamwork are the reasons why everyone should play games. Let’s have a look at all the good sides of gaming experience.
Video Games Teach Problem Solving
Letting your kid play a game can teach them to solve complex problems. Numerous titles have been specifically designed for educational purpose. Although even the most basic ones require thinking and logical approach. Constant input is required and that is something we don’t get to experience by watching a TV show or a film.
Video Gamers Do Not Get Fat Easily
It has been a constant debate on gamers and calories intake. While playing a game, we have both hands occupied with mouse and keyboard, or the controller. So how can we be as fat as non-gamers like to thin? Further more games created for consoles such as Wii U have been designed to help us stay in form. Wii U Fitness gets you to move a lot, there is no way you can pile up weight while playing video games. People get fat all the time, being a gamer has nothing to do with it.
Social Video Games
Modern video games have online and offline communities where gamers involve into discussions and planning. Being a lonely person while playing a game is so outdated that it is hard to believe anyone could have that perception about us. We meet new people from around the world, with at least one thing in common. Our virtual life is not so virtual anymore as gamers meet in real life all the time. This is how games encourage social interaction and give us a place to gather.
Video Games Encourage Creativity
Playing a video game often includes character creation. From facial features to skills and abilities, this will teach kids how to be creative. Besides, drawing on a computer has one major advantage over classic methods. There is the erase button which allows users to experiment freely.
Video Games Bring Families Together
Families can play games together. If you let your kid pick a game, even better as they will feel like they’re experts. You would be surprised how much joy your kid would have by teaching you a thing or two. They just love it when their parents show interest in what they’re doing. Family fun at its best. Give it a try and you’ll see why your young ones enjoy playing games so much.
Video Games Boost Multitasking
One study showed how playing a racing game for several hours improved the multitasking skills of 60 to 85 year old for up to six months. Players had to drive straight down a road and identify certain signs, while ignoring the others at the same time. If grandparents could boost their multitasking abilities through this game, imagine how beneficial similar titles could be for you and your child.
Video Games Build Teamwork and Leadership
Cooperative mode is as often in video games as in any other aspect of life. We are asked to create teams, or join existing ones to be able to progress in a game. Whether it’s solving puzzles, fighting off enemies or participating in team events, video games teach how important it is to work in a team. Colleges started using games to help students develop leadership skills. Games can even teach Emotional Intelligence.
Video Games at Job Interview
Recently, there has been a report about companies using games to assess job applicants’ skills. Your next potential employer might ask you to show your gaming skills and if you have none it could as well lead to a disappointing answer from an employer. Try a few games that are related to the position you want to apply for and get ready for the job interview in a best possible way. Free games can be found everywhere.
Video Games Benefit Health
“Stop staring at that screen, you will lose your eyesight soon”, how many times we heard that while growing up. Well they were so wrong and researchers from Manchester University proved that. Six adult, aged 19 to 31 and born with cataracts in both eyes, have been tested. They went through surgery and had special contact lenses in childhood, but still faced problems when reading small print, identifying faces and following moving objects. After playing a FPS game (first-person shooter) for 40 hours over a month, their vision improved so they could read one or two lines further down on an optician’s eye chart. Paying attention to details is one of the most common tasks in video games.
Playing a video game is beneficial for everyone. Gamers are not super-humans because they play games a lot, but we are not fat and lazy either. As with anything, moderation is important, especially with kids. With so many problems in the world, we immerse into fantasy world more than ever before. Combining virtual and real life is the way to go.
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