Most people might consider video games as a simple and fun pastime, but as it turns out, there is far more to it than an amusement. Video games can actually teach you life lessons.
Many may not know this, but gaming actually has many positive side effects. If you’re looking for a bit of self-improvement, it’s actually not a bad pastime to get into. Here are five reasons gaming helps you become a better person.
1. Gamers are better at ignoring distractions and are more focused.
According to a 2016 study published by researchers at the Universities of Rochester and Wisconsin, self-described heavy and medium multitaskers were outperformed by the gamers in every single task, suggesting that games can be useful in improving one’s attention span.
2. Gamers are more satisfied with life and more sociable.
“Young people who indulged in a little video game-playing were associated with being better adjusted than those who had never played or those who were on video games for three hours or more.”
3. Gamers are quicker at making decisions.
A study revealed that video games really could make your mind sharper by improving your decision-making skills. Scientists have found that action gamers are better at making quick and accurate decisions.
4. Gaming improves spatial problem-solving abilities.
A 2010 study by Ian Spence and Jing Feng of the University of Toronto found that action games – FPS games in particular – can yield improvements in sensory, perceptual, and spatial cognitive functions that actually extend beyond the abilities you picked up while playing the game.
5. Gaming generally makes you smarter.
Daphne Bavelier, a research professor in brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester, said:
“Prior research by our group and others has shown that action gamers excel at many tasks. In this new study, we show they excel because they are better learners. And they become better learners by playing the fast-paced action games.”
These reasons seemed to prove that gaming is not a bad hobby at all. However, just like everything else in the world, it should be done in moderation.
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