5 Reasons Why Video Games Are Good for You

According to many researchers, video games are not harmful for you. To state the truth, they can help you improve your mundane life. If you don’t believe my words, read on.This article will explain how playing video games can help you in ways.



1. ‘Mario’ Can Train Your Brain

Mario (The Hero) Mario


According to Mark Rober, YouTube star and former NASA engineer, proposed     a concept known as “The Super Mario Effect”. He says that Mario can trick your brain into learning more. In Super Mario, the learning process is the game and the objective is to save the princess. This is where the focus lies—to learn the game, adapt strategies, navigate better, and try again, all in order to save the princess. In other words, the joy is to beat the game and win; there is no real shame or fear of failure along the way. Rober highlights this by noting he and his friends would excitedly talk about what levels they beat and not about the different ways they might have died.

The Super Mario Effect is explained as “focusing on the Princess and not the pits, to stick with a task and learn more.” How can you apply this to feel less stressed and find more academic success? There are three takeaways you can start using today.


2. ‘Starcraft’ Can Improve Your Cognitive Abilities


According to British researchers, some titles, such as the ones that fall under the category of "Starcraft" may make you smarter. The researchers gave this opinion after a study that was carried out at Queen Mary University of London. This psychological test was performed on 70 volunteers who played "The Sims" for 8 weeks. The study results concluded that the volunteers experienced cognitive boosts.


3. Slowing Down the Aging Process


Challenging yourself with a brain-teasing game for just two hours a week may help slow the degree of mental decay associated with the natural aging process, a new study finds.

Researchers at the University of Iowa in Iowa City conducted a study of 681 healthy individuals, ages 50 and older. They found that people who played 10 hours of a specially designed video game 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 — in some cases, by up to seven years, said Fredric Wolinsky, a professor in the University of Iowa's College of Public Health.


4. Improvement in Your Reading skills


A study was done at the University of Padua. The researchers discovered that playing video games could help kids with dyslexia improve their reading skills. The experiment involved two groups of kids. The kids that played an action game showed fast and accurate reading abilities. So, the conclusion is that these games can help improve the attention span of your children.



5. Relief From Pain



Regardless of the type, playing games can help with trauma recovery. Video games can act as distractions from pain and psychological trauma. Games also help people who are dealing with mental disorders like anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It’s a new world where people find a break from reality and leap to fantasy.

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