We’ve grown up listening to our parents say, that we would ‘go blind’ if we keep on playing video games and stare at our screens all day and, the society saying that the people who play violent video games tend to have aggressive and violent behaviour. All we hear is about the cons of gaming. So, this article is filled with the pros of gaming and how gaming affects a person in a good way. A lot of recent studies show how gaming improves a person’s memory, their hand-eye coordination, multitasking skills, problem solving skills and also improves their attention and concentration capabilities.
A research conducted by cognitive scientists from the University of Rochester reveals how video games train people to make the right decisions faster and suggests that in addition to making game players more aware of their surroundings while performing tasks such as driving, action game playing might be a useful tool to rehabilitate visually impaired patients and also improves everyday skills like multitasking, driving and navigation and can also help with people who have conditions like dyslexia.
Action gamers are better at making quick and accurate decisions based on the details they extract from the environment around them. Studies suggest that most expert gamers can make choices and act upon them up to 6 times a second, four times faster than most people and can pay attention to more things at once without getting confused, compared to only four by an average person.
In most video games, people have to act as fast as they possibly can according to what’s happening on their screens, this improves hand-eye coordination. A study from the University of Toronto shows that the people who played fast paced games are better able to learn new sensorimotor tasks because of their enhanced coordinative skills. The study also showed how gaming helped people who struggled with hand-eye coordination and sensorimotor skills.
Gaming has also proved to enhance social skills among people, as many players engage in a
particular game simultaneously. People learn to listen to the ideas of others, formulate plans with them and distribute tasks based on personal skills. Online games that are played internationally can introduce people to players of different nationalities and cultures.
Various studies have also showed that playing video games good also boosts a person’s memory. A study conducted by neurobiologist at the university of California- Irvine shows that the people who played 3-D video games had significant improved memory test scores compared with an average person. Strategy video games in particular have shown promising results in improving memory skills among older adults and have also proved to provide protection against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
With all that being said, computer games might be beneficial, but there is need to play them in moderation. It is also important to pick the right game as not all of them provide the same cognitive benefits.
So what do you think? Is gaming good? Do video games cause more violence or health disadvantages than other modes of entertainment? Is the new generation of people who play video games smarter or more competent than the people who don’t?