Tuesday 1 December 2020

Can Video Games Make You Smarter?

Video games, despite so many positive benefits, still have a mildly negative stigma, even today. The most common being that video games are making children aggressive or violent and can kill their attention span. Recent evidence through statistics and studies show that there are no negative effects from playing video games, as long as they are played within moderation. Further studies also indicate that video games can actually improve your brain and mental ability in a number of different ways. These are some of the ways that video games can make you smarter! A topic which I love and an angle I will be exploring in more detail during my PhD in Digital Gaming next year.

Improved Attention Span 
Video games can actually improve your attention span quite a great deal. We are surrounded by distractions on a daily basis and focusing on one thing can be challenging for some, hence the skill we call multitasking. When playing an intense and fast paced video game, such as Fortnite, you can’t afford to lose focus. You have to keep a constant eye on the map, whilst checking for enemies nearby. Unless you give 100% focus, you may get eliminated sooner than expected! A lot of games are the same and playing video games helps to train your attention span so you find it a lot easier to focus on one thing. 

Better Math Skills 

When it comes to Mathematics, adults might be able to boost their math skills by playing games. Online casinos, for example, require consistent number entry, especially if you are playing card games like Blackjack or Poker. If you can find some great casino bonuses, you might even be able to win some money too. There are so many amazing puzzle games within the gaming industry at the moment, which can help to improve your math skills as well, especially during unprecedented times where we have all be home relying heavily on digital technology for entertainment and stimulation.

Increased Memory Capacity 
Gamers tend to have a better memory. When you’re gaming, you have the ability to learn controls like the back of your hand so you can play without looking at the controller, and react quickly. Puzzle games require you use your memory too, and fighting games rely on memorizing length button combinations. This is why gamers would perform better in memory tests, especially where visual memory is concerned. It is believed that gaming could even help older people to protect themselves from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. 

Although there are negative conclusions drawn associated with gaming, like addiction, the negative effects that people refer to are of little concern, as the beneficial factors certainly out way the negatives. Infact, playing video games on a regular basis improves your brain function in more ways than we think, and definitely makes you smarter.

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