7 Health Benefits of Video Games

Stop the presses! Video games are good for you. Remember how everyone tried to say that they were bad for you and they affected your long-term health. Remember that? Well bully for you, all of those people that said that. We’re here to explore the seven health benefits of gaming.

7 Health Benefits of Video GamesOkay. Plenty of studies have proven that there are negative effects of gaming (ie: lack of physical movement, weird thumbs, etc.) But, theweek.com writer Danny Gallagher, decided to play devil’s advocate and explore the seven health benefits of gaming.

Kicking off with number 1. Video games can be therapeutic for children with chronic illnesses. In a study put out last year by the University of Utah, kids diagnosed with illnesses like Autism, Depression, and Parkinson’s, showed vast improvements in resilience, empowerment, and fighting spirit after playing certain games. Researchers say that it’s the neuronal mechanisms that activate the positive emotions and the reward system. Not to mention it helped their demeanor.

Number 2, video games helped preschooler’s  show improvement in motor skills. A study from Deacon University in Melbourne, Australia examined the development of 53 preschoolers and found that the ones who played interactive games had better object controlled motor skills. Now, if only those preschoolers could get anything else right.

Number3, video games  can reduced stress and depression. A 2009 annual of cyber therapy telemedicine found that
gamers who suffered from mental health issues, such as stress and depression were able to vent their aggression and stress by playing video games.

Coming in at number 4, video games can assist in providing pain relief. A game developed by the scientists at University of Washington used the good old distraction technique by making game players throw an endless supply of snowballs at various targets and found a similar outcome with recovering soldiers.

white-puzzleFive, video games can help your vision. You know, for people suffering`1 from cataracts. By playing first person shooters like Metal of Honor and Call of Duty, visually impaired patients trained their eyes to do things more sharply.

Number 6. How about how video games can enhance your decision making skills due to the required fast reactions and split second decisions of virtual life or death. Cognitive neuroscientists found that these games give players plenty of practice for the real world by letting them gather information and react accordingly.

Oooo. Finally at number 7, video games keep you happy as you get older. North Carolina State University found that senior citizens who played video games, even occasionally, had higher levels of happiness or well-being. Those
that didn’t were reported to be more negative. Apparently none of the older people that we know play video games.

We think video games make everybody happy, of every age. Right? Maybe? There you have it. Seven health benefits of video games. Sure, there are different arguments to all of these benefits, but it just goes to show that there are positives and negatives in every situation.

What are some benefits from gaming that you’ve noticed? Let us know on the comment section, down below.

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