Whenever I play videogames, my mom would always nag me about it, saying “Nothing good comes out of playing videogames! Go read a book and study!” But I continue to play because my mom doesn’t have any evidence supporting her and I don’t think “because I told you so” would count as a reason to stop playing. So I researched whether videogames could be beneficial or not. It turns out that it can be good for you!
There are many reasons why videogames can be beneficial.
1. Videogames can increase brain volume in several regions of the brain.
According to this site, “Gaming can be seen as an intense training of several skills.” These people experimented whether or not videogames could be good by training a group to play Super Mario for half an hour for 2 months. As a result, they found significant increase in gray matter in the right hippocampal formation, right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, and bilateral cerebellum in the training group.
“Video game training augments GM in brain areas crucial for spatial navigation, strategic planning, working memory and motor performance going along with evidence for behavioral changes of navigation strategy.”
Lots of people say that playing videogames will make you dumber, but that is not the case. In fact, playing videogames can make your brain bigger and better.
2. Playing videogames can help you learn and develop skills.
Educational videogames can actually help students study and learn. Why? Well, if students are enjoying the videogame, not only are they learning a bit about the subject, they’re also more likely to retain that information because they associate that information with the fun game that they were playing.
Also, playing videogames like League of Legends can help improve hand-eye coordination and can also train one’s reflexes and reaction time to be faster.
3. Videogames can help slow down the aging process.
This may be hard to believe, but it’s true!
Researchers at the University of Iowa experimented on 681 healthy individuals, ages 50 and older, making them play a game called “Road Tour.”
The game instructed players to identify and match a picture of a vehicle at the center of the screen with several road signs displayed in surrounding circles, one of which is a Route 66 road sign. The goal is to identify the right car type while also remembering the position of the Route 66 sign, which is shown alongside a number of other incorrect signs inside the other circles. The game is designed to interpret the player’s mental processing speed.
The researchers found that people who played 10 hours of a specially designed videogame that focused on improving the speed and quality of mental processing abilities. were able to delay the natural decline of a range of cognitive skills.
There are so many other reasons why videogames are beneficial, but I’m going to stick with 3 reasons.
Thanks for reading my post! -Megan