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Benefits of Playing More Video Games

Updated on May 27, 2014

The popular belief that people who play too much video games have negative effects on themselves are starting to disappear in this coming age and time due to recent studies. The common perception that all that video games do is to entertain the young generation of people without having to use much brain power in playing them. Other than that, shouldn't they be outside playing instead rather than sitting in front of yet another screen in our technology-filled world that we currently live in?

Well many studies have shown that gaming can actually be beneficial to ones health as long as it is not done excessively. Here are some reasons why:

A therapy for people with chronic illnesses

People who played certain video games, including one designed just for a study by The University of Utah, showed that there is an increase in determination, empowerment and a 'fighting spirit'. This study was done on children diagnosed with certain illnesses such as depression, autism and Parkinson's disease.The researchers said that video games can act as “non-pharmacological interventions that may enhance patients’ resilience toward various chronic disorders via neuronal mechanisms that activate positive emotions and the reward system.” In other words, it makes people more positive from game achievements.

Social factor in video games

The upcoming trends in online gaming and multi-nation gaming expos prove that the stereotype of anti-social gamers are not true in most cases. Many of the popular games today, online and offline, have strong communities and fan bases which requires strong social interaction between players and game developers. So yes, most people who play video game are not as reclusive and unsociable as most people think.

Games can make you smarter

New studies have shown that strategy games such as StarCraft and Warcraft can help improve people's brain power and become faster thinkers. Games such as these require a lot of multitasking, fast decision making, and quick thinking which encourages people who play them to have higher cognitive flexibility skills. This can also lead to faster reaction time and higher awareness of surroundings that can be applied in real-life (awesome).

Games such as StarCraft 2 (pictured above) can help improve brain flexibility
Games such as StarCraft 2 (pictured above) can help improve brain flexibility

Games can help reduce stress

Video games are also proven to reduce stress levels of people from the enjoyment from playing them. 2009's Annual Review of Cybertherapy and Telemedicine showed a study that people who were suffering from mental-illnesses relating to stress and depression were able to vent their frustration and anger by playing video games. This then showed an improvement in their mental health, thus reducing stress or depression.

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    • jay-one profile imageAUTHOR

      Jason Wan 

      4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Pros and cons guys. There is always the downside of gaming addiction, and should be seen more as a past-time hobby or entertainment, but there are also psychological benefits involved (eg, boost brain power, faster decision making, etc). As they say, everything in moderation :)

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      Susannah Birch 

      4 years ago from Toowoomba, Australia

      Gaming made me feel guilty. I started writing game guides so I felt I was achieving something. Then I started writing articles on Hubpages. Now I'm addicted to writing and no longer game!

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      dailytop10 

      4 years ago from Davao City

      Yes. Games can make you smarter and help in relieving stress. However, it makes you less physically active (unless your a wii/kinect fan), it can introduce you to a rude online gaming community, lessens your productivity, and ruins your social life. If done excessively, gaming can ruin your life and literally kill you.

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