Is Gaming Good for You?

Can gaming be good for you? The short answer… it can’t be worse than watching TV.

Gaming is viewed, by some, as an immature pass time that has stunted younger peoples brain development and creates an unrealistic norm for younger generations. The problem with this argument is that its exactly the same as watching TV, but you have some input into gaming developing hand-eye coordination.

Gaming has been proved to improve the size of your brain, Adults were asked to play Super Mario 64 for half-an-hour a day over a two month period. ‘Brain volume was then measured via MRI and compared to a control group who did not play games at all. The gaming group showed increases but, perhaps most interestingly, these changes were more prominent in the participants who expressed the most desire to play the game.’ Pretty amazing hey?

 

Gaming can also improve your vision… yes that age old statement of you’ll ruing your eyes sitting in front of a TV are a load of BS. ‘In 2007 the University of Rochester, New York, revealed a study that had found just 30 hours of “training” on a first-person shooter can result in a significant boost to one’s spatial resolution; that is, the ability to clearly see small, densely packed together objects.’ I personally have never understood the vision argument of gaming, what’s the difference between a few hours of gaming against looking at a computer screen at work all day?

Gaming helps your decision making, a study says that gamers ‘develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn’t just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of general skills that can help with everyday activities like multitasking, driving, reading small print, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.’ This is most likely due to the brain constantly making decisions in everyday gaming, particularly in online games where every game will be that little bit different each time you play.

So there are a couple of reasons that games are actually good for you, in moderation like everything. Its better than TV, you are actually doing something, screens aren’t damaging to eyesight like people think and violence isn’t a primary consequence of gaming, people are wired with violent genes, but that’s a different topic on the whole. I hope this blog will open peoples eyes, gaming is good for you, at the very least I will compromise on its not bad for you, fair?

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