Video games have come a long way and they have dramatically evolved over time. From the simple, single person player to complex and challenging multiple players. A lot of young people as well as adults love video games and with the advancing technology, the excitement in these games keeps rising. Although the games can be addictive, they provide compelling cognitive, social & emotional benefits.
Here are some of the benefits of playing video games:
1. They Enhance Your Decision-Making Skills
Reports from research studies have shown that people who play video games are 25 percent better and faster at making decisions. Most video games especially the fast-paced ones require that you make observations and perform quick reflexes. The combination of these two skills become second nature to players over time and they indirectly help to improve the speed and the type of the decision your brain will make.
2. They Help To Produce Better Surgeons
A study that was done on Laparoscopic specialists revealed those surgeons who played video games for more than three hours weekly made fewer surgical errors than their nongaming counter-parts. Chances of gaming surgeons to make errors dropped by 32 percent.
3. Help to Reduce Stress
At some point when you are playing a video game, you will fail over & over again. Although this is sometimes very frustrating, it actually helps to manage and reduce stress. The repetitive failing makes most players to be patient and enduring while trying to navigate through a difficult level for the umpteenth time. A study which tracked players over a period of six months & monitored their heart rates found that certain titles reduced their adrenaline response by over 50 percent, which is essential for reducing stress levels.
4. Reduces the Effects of Dyslexia
Studies have shown that people who have dyslexia are able to improve their reading comprehension by playing video games especially those that are heavy on actions. This is because these games have constantly changing environments which require intense focusing.
5. Encourages Kids to Be More Active and Physical
There is a common misconception that if kids are always sitting to playing video games, they can’t be physically active. This is not true. Most video games involve movements. Some of the best video games especially sports such as tennis, basketball, skateboarding etc promote whole body interaction. These games can actually make the children practice the skills they have learned outdoors.
6. Improve Your Cognitive Function
Games such as Minecraft will essentially require that you create your own world by using the materials found in your current environment. These kinds of games allow you to unleash your creativity and you can only be limited by your own imagination.
7. Could Improve Your Vision
Parents usually warn their children not to sit too close to the TV because it will make them get “square eyes”. There is a little scientific backup for this and as a matter fact, scientists are saying that games can improve your vision (and not strain). The games make you notice shadows, slight movements on any part of the screen which other people might not easily pick. The observation skill required in gaming helps to improve your vision with studies showing that game players are usually better in distinguishing different shades of color grey.
8. They Might Help to Advance Your Career
How can playing video games help to boost your career? Well, most games usually involve unlocks, achievements, rewards, new skills etc. which gives players the much-needed drive required to achieve them. Researchers have noted that often times this motivation is usually transferred in real-world career goals.
9. Can Slow Down The Aging Process
Video games involve filling the puzzle, problem-solving and memory all which have shown a positive impact on older players. Just 10 hours of gameplay can lead to the improved cognitive functioning of players who are 50 years and above. The improved cognitive function can last for several years.
10. They Help To Ease Pain
The mental benefit of video games is that it helps you cope with pain better. The games mostly require that you fully immerse yourself into them and this will make you less likely to think about your personal troubles. Also playing helps the body to produce a pain-killing response i.e. analgesic from the cortical systems.
11. Helps You To Make New Social Connections
Previously, most video games just included one player and it used to be a very anti-social activity. However, with the current technology, you can gather a group of friends and bond over a game. You can also grab your headset and join thousands of players online.
12. They can Help to Improve Balance In Multiple Sclerosis Sufferers
Multiple Sclerosis is a disorder which affects multiple nerves in the body and there is no medication that has conclusively proven to help. Multiple Sclerosis patients often struggle with finding balance. Patients with this condition who play video games that require some physical interactions like standing on a video board always display massive improvements afterwards.
13.They Help Keep Cravings at Bay
They provide a way of keeping you distracted which is great for combating cravings. Binge eaters, alcoholics and smokers find that putting their hands on the game controller takes their mind off the cravings very quickly. Essentially, they also help people to quit unhealthy habits.
14. They Help People With Autism
Gaming systems that incorporate the whole body to control on-screen movements have more engaged peer-peer victory celebrations. If someone with this disorder plays such types of games, the effects of their disorder can be minimized because such games provide counter to the lack of communication that is sometimes experienced with autism.
15. Helps Players to Be More Fascinated With History
Many games use actual historical events to drive the play. The game setting and characters can spark a child’s interest in finding out more about the culture that they are immersed in. Parents have had to buy books, maps etc. which are connected to certain games. This leads to a life-time history appreciation.