11 Unexpected Benefits of Playing Video Games (You Haven't Heard Of These)
Lately, many people are trying to depict gaming as something horrible. We think that’s just wrong because it shows only one side of the coin.
The other side, the positive one, shows that there are plenty of benefits to playing video games. Benefits, that way too often don’t get the needed attention.
This article is going to show you why gaming is awesome and give you plenty of reasons to love it.
1. Improve Problem-solving skills
Playing strategic or role-playing games may help to improve our problem-solving and strategy development skills.
In order to reach the next level or another goal for more success in the game, gamers need to find creative ways of how to solve the next challenge.
2. Increase attention
Games are often full of action.
A game has constantly changing environments. Intense focus is required.
This can be supported by a study, that shows that surgeons who enjoyed themselves in front of the Xbox tend to make a 32 percent fewer errors than their non-gaming colleagues.
3. Develop leadership skills
Boost your career with gaming: Many games reward and encourage leadership traits.
For example, you have to care for a community or secure their safety. Research has shown, that players are likely to correlate those traits in their real-world.
Moreover, gaming needs you to improvise sometimes. This also will improve your flexibility in your daily life and even in office.
4. Built interest for history
In many games historical events take place. Therefore, historical characters and places may encourage players to learn more about the culture, they´re involved in.
5. Make decisions faster
Often time pressure in games occurs. Therefore, a gamer needs to develop speed in the decision making process. Studies also show that playing games may increase creativity.
6. Slow aging process
Gaming keeps you mentally fit and slows your aging process.
Games that obtain problem-solving, memory or puzzle components especially have a positive impact on older players.
A study has shown that just 10 hours of play increase the cognitive function of participants that are 50 or older.
7. Ease pain
People can distract themselves from pain by paying more attention to something else.
But it´s even more than just a simple distraction.
According to research, biochemical changes occur when somebody enters the full virtual-reality environment. This reduces signals in areas of the brain that are associated with pain.
8. Social connections
Gamers are antisocial: This is a common prejudice. Actually, the opposite is true.
Many multi-player games have created a new form of socializing. Here, players work together to solve problems.
Additionally, 70 percent of all players play with friends.
Therefore, gaming can be characterized as a popular leisure activity among friends.
9. Slim down
Good news for all that indulges themselves too often. Instead of indulging in overeating, smoking or drinking, you should choose a game.
A study has proven that the desire for those habits of indulgence will be reduced after playing.
Moreover, you don´t have time to eat, smoke or drink while playing a game. 😉
10. Reduce stress
You had a long and stressful day at uni, work or somewhere else?
During a game, you can immerse yourself in a new virtual reality and forget about all the daily hectic around you.
This means games help to slow down and make you feel more relaxed afterwards.
11. The key to resilience
Playing video games improves more than just the players’ mood. Especially, people can learn to be more resilient in terms of failure.
Players discover a way to cope with ongoing failure in games. An effect of that is emotional resilience which also can be transferred to the everyday life
What are you waiting for?
Gaming is awesome.
Go and Play!