Despite video games being associated with violence, numerous studies show that there are several physical and psychological advantages, including improved hand-eye coordination, enhanced creativity, physiotherapy benefits and improved math and language skills. Conversely, there are few negative side effects associated with playing video games in moderation.
Video games have been shown to improve coordination between the hand and eyes, improve decision-making in players and help them think quickly. These games can also hone social skills in players and make them team players.
Video games enhance creativity and instill a taste for technology, graphics and design. Many players see an improvement in their math and language skills, particularly for more challenging games. They also learn cognitive, motivation and problem-solving skills.
For children, video games help those who have injuries or are ill. Getting absorbed in a game distracts the child’s mind from pain as well as discomfort. Gaming may also help kids with ADD build their social skills. In addition, video games help children build self confidence as they’re often based on governance, history, city building and general management of resources.
Many medical departments encourage patients to play video games for physiotherapy benefits. Patients who are recovering from illness or physical injuries can gain motor skills as well as coordination.
Video games have positive and negative effects, so parents and children should decide what kind of games they should play and how often. Parents need to teach kids what’s good and what’s bad. As with any activity, too much gaming can be harmful as well.