Video games haven’t always had the best reputation, with some people writing them off as too violent or total wastes of time. Gamers have been called lazy, or the often labeled as jobless couch potatoes. In fact, games can actually be beneficial to your health and well-being, and that’s not just me saying that it’s science. Here are just a few of playing video games:
1. They Can Challenge Your Skills and May Even Improve Your Brain Function
One major reason why video games are good for your health is that they’re constantly challenging your skills. You have to use your problem-solving skills and figure out for yourself how you’re going to master a level or beat a boss. Of course, not everyone is going to be a wiz at every game overnight, so that’s why they’re websites dedicated to giving other tips on how to do beat them. There are even studies showing that playing video games can literally change how the brain functions (this is super science-y, but worth the read).
2. They Can Be A Great Solo or Social Activity
Video games can be a great solo activity after work or on the weekends (some of us really enjoy our alone time!). Better yet, they can be a way to connect with gamers all over the world, in multiplayer games like Fortnite or PUBG, while still relaxing in your own bedroom or on your living room couch. They can also be a great social activity, a reason to see your buds you’ve been avoiding, and a great way to be competitive with your friends, albeit in a safe and friendly way (way safer than ultimate Frisbee or contact football!).
3. They Can Create A Sense Of Community
Some people find religion, join sports clubs, or like hanging out at the bar. Video games are another great way to build community among like-minded people. Check out game forums, comment boards or even Twitter and Reddit and you’ll see tons of like-minded gamers chatting each other up and enjoying each others company. Discord is a great example of how gamers who like similar gaming genres or titles can come together, chat and play games together. In short, games help to create a sense of community for people that may have otherwise felt alone.
4. They Can Help You Focus
Because many games require attention over a long period of time they can help you tone up your ability to focus. Nabbing that super hard achievement, acing that really difficult level, or finally vanquishing that hard-to-beat boss, can all help you improve your ability to focus in on a single problem and getter’ done. Don’t take our word for it though, science says that video games help you focus not only on the present moment but also in your everyday life as well. Not to mention that video games will do wonders for your hand-eye coordination (you won’t be dropping anything anytime soon!).
5. They Can Be Super Fun And Help Lower Stress
We all know how stressful life can be and we all need positive outlets for relieving that stress. For some people, that’s strenuous sports, Pilates, or maybe even Yoga. Video games are another great way to escape the rigors of life, even if it’s just for a few hours a day, and win some sweet relief and relaxation. I know personally how much a few hours in Skyrim or Fallout 4 helped me get through a stressful semester in college.
6. They Help Activate Your Creative Side
Video Games can help you train the creative side of your brain. This intern might make you more capable of coming up with new and exciting ideas at work or get into an artistic mood. By definition games are fantasy, they’re an escape, they take you to higher states of being that you could never really accomplish in real life. This should make you more confident in the real world, more open to new opportunities, if you can conquer a planet or defeat a God, maybe you can try out for that new job you want. The least you’ll do is keep your brain stimulated and active…that’s got to be good for you!
No matter what people say about gamers or the affect games on the human condition, science is increasingly showing that games can be both stimulative and positive to the human brain. Not only that, they can help you gain relief from a hard days work, spend time with friends in a happy and healthy way and gain a sense of community you may have otherwise not had before. Games connect like-minded people together and they help to broaden our ideas of what is possible in life. In short, get out of games what you need to, and don’t give a hoot or a holler about what other people have to say about it.
Do you agree that video games are good for our health and they improve our every-day lives? What do you get out of gaming? Let us know in the comments below!
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