Since I rant on about it pretty often enough, I wonder if there are some of you left that still have the impression that gaming isn’t particularly good for you? Due to sensationalist media headlines (like this) we’ve all been led to believe it, but it’s not entirely true. For every reason we are given for gaming being bad for you, there is also a positive to go alongside it. The following is a sponsored message.
Studies that have looked at adult gamers have come up with some very interesting results. Basically gaming can be extremely beneficial. You can find most of the research mentioned here.
Action based games – People who play action-based video and computer games tend to make decisions 25% faster than the average non-gamer. And the decision is no less accurate either. Dedicated gamers can concentrate on six things at once, without getting confused. A significant comparison to non-gamers who can only concentrate on four.
Women – Women who play games a lot are more able to mentally manipulate a 3D object than females who are not gamers. This is a skill that is normally more associated with men. When you consider that 42% of women are gamers, there are 58% of women losing out on an extra skill.
Coordination – Studies have also found that gamers on average have better hand-eye coordination than non-gamers. Not to mention they have better perception and reaction times when in certain situations like driving or playing sports.
Health – Consoles have been including games that allow the player to move for years now. The PlayStation 2 first introduced their dance matt games back in the early noughties, and now Wii has the Wii Fit and the Xbox has the Kinect technology to carry on the trend of exercising, helping players keep fit and trimmer.
Gaming certainly doesn’t have as many bad traits as we’ve been led to believe over the years, that’s for sure.