Have you ever mentioned your love of video games to someone and had them look at you in disgust? Maybe they mentioned how video games cause violence or that they’re killing your brain cells and making you lazy. Well, it turns out video games are actually good for you. Stop listening to those naysayers and pay attention to the science instead.
It’s The Neurological Opposite Of Depression
Playing video games can actually boost your mood. Game designer Jane McGonigal explained to TIME Magazine that brain scans found that gamers exercise neurological pathways that worked with goals, motivation, learning, and memory. Those are areas of the brain that don’t get used during depression.
They Can Train Your Brain
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German researchers conducted a study where they had two groups of 23 adults—one that played “Super Mario 64” every day for two months and one that didn’t. After MRI scans, they found that members of the group that played video games had an increase in gray matter in the areas of their brains that controlled memory formation, strategic planning, spatial navigation, and fine motor skills in the hands.
Video Games Can Be Active
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One of the biggest arguments against video games has always been how they make you “lazy.” For years now, video game companies have been making games to help gamers get active. Peripherals for the Wii as well as the XBOX Kinect and Playstation Move have given gamers a way to get exercise while having fun.
The More You Play, The Better
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While there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, scientists have found that playing often and becoming an expert gamer can actually increase your benefits compared to amateur or casual gamers. Forbes Magazine compiled the science and said that expert gamers have better cognitive development and an increase in their ability to learn.
You’ll Think Faster
According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, researchers have found that action gamers are able to make decisions 25 percent quicker than people who don’t play games, all without sacrificing accuracy.
Strategy Games Make You Smarter
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The kinds of games you play have an impact on how your brain reacts. When British researchers compared the brains of people who played the strategy game “Starcraft” to those who played “The Sims,” the strategy players had increased cognitive flexibility, speed, and accuracy in psychological tests.