Something that’s fun can’t possibly be healthy, right? Video games have always been a popular target for criticism and suffer from many prejudices. But video games can also be good for the brain, improve motor skills and make you more social.
1. Video games can improve dexterity.
Games based on a controller can be very good for the hands. One study shows this using surgeons as one example. Those who have a controller in their hands more often make fewer mistakes of both work on average.
2. Better muscle control, memory, perception, spatial orientation.
Studies show that playing video games regularly can increase gray matter in the brain and improve brain connectivity. Gray matter is associated with muscle control, memory, perception, and spatial navigation.
You can find the study here.
3. Gaming can increase social and intellectual skills.
The stereotype of a shy person who uses video games as an escape does not match the average gamer. Previous research with children found that those who played more video games were more likely to have good social skills, perform better academically, and build better relationships with other students because some types of games have a social and cooperative component.
4. Positive impact on mental health.
Some video games lift mood and can even improve heart rhythm. In addition, I’m sure some readers can confirm that gaming can also reduce stress.
As we can see, games can have a very good impact on our lives. But of course, gambling can also be addictive and help with social isolation. So always maintain a healthy level, give yourself rest breaks and offline time with friends.