Video games have a chance to make people calmer, improve their reaction time, improve their ability to detect contrast, improve motor skills, and sometimes even help with school issues. Not to mention that some games encourage teamwork and develop puzzle-solving skills. Games like Tetris can also improve ones ability to organize, and others like Call of Duty can teach resource management. Some schools today are considering integrating video games as a way to help teach students.
Gaming is a widely debated subject among the tabloids because of different views on how gaming effects society. Over the last 20 years the opinion has generally been that gaming is a bad thing. In recent years scientists have debated the benefits on someone’s life, such as reaction times and problem solving.
Playing time is one of the problems that is largely talked about. Many people express their concern that people spend an average of 2-6 hours per day playing games. This is generally thought as being bad, as you’re not moving, sat in the same position, almost lifeless. People believe that because you’re effectively a zombie, just using your hands, your brain is hardly being used and you become lazy. But X-ray computed tomography (CT scans) shows large brain activity when playing some games, which can improve certain areas of life.
Playing a game such as call of duty (first person shooter) or Forza (racing) can improve your reactions, problem solving, creativity, multitasking, financial management, hand eye coordination, and sometimes you can learn from historical events. This can be very helpful to someone in the real world.
If you are a driver, then you need to have good reaction times and hand eye coordination. Call of duty requires the ability to adapt to your situation and react quickly to events (such as being shot) and this will help you react to a real life situation where a kid might run into the road. When playing Call of Duty, you are also looking into the distance a lot of the time looking for minute movements of another player, this would will help someone notice something small that may cause a big issue, like someone crossing the road.
Video games help to develop a lot of life skills. They help to develop creativity. They also help with hand and eye coordination. They help to develop strategy. Video games also are good at helping people learn good team work. Some video games even teach history and math. They also develop multitasking.
95%+ of children these days play video games, and a majority of them play games more than doing homework or even thinking about school. Not to mention they are probably learning more from these games than we or they realize. Someone just needs to explain to them that strategizing for hours on the best possible attack route, or how to kill a dragon with 50 of your friends relates to the real world. MMO's are the easiest in my opinion to point out life lessons. Managing a guild shows leadership, conflict resolution, team building and more. Then most MMO's have an auction house that develops the knowledge of supply and demand, financing rates, the value of saving and finding the intrinsic value of items by other people and learning how to profit for time spent. I could go on and on, but My boss is now staring at me... Haha.
Video games are actually very beneficial in life. A study done in 2003 by University of Rochester (New York) shows video games train your brain to better process visual information. For example, FPS and action gamers are prone to be more aware of their surroundings. As in, when they’re driving in a neighborhood, they would be more aware of a child running after a ball or toy than someone who's not a gamer. Not only that, but studies have shown action games to be a useful tool in rehabilitating visually impaired patients as well as training soldiers for real combat. It get’s better though, Jane McGonigal, a video game designer, gave a TED Talk called “The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years Of Life.” She first talked about the regrets of the dying and how on all but one, video games were the answer. You may think, “She’s a game designer. Of course she says that,” But, for example, regret number 3 was “I wish I had let myself be happier.” Studies at East Carolina University showed that playing an online game for just 30 minutes a day showed boosts in mood and long term effects in happiness. Along with that, their study showed video games have been proven to not only help with clinical anxiety and depression, but outperform pharmaceuticals.
Video games really could make your mind sharper by improving your decision-making skills. Research showed that people who play action video games have faster reaction times than those who don't play the games. And people who play puzzle games have slightly enhanced puzzle solving ability. They also can improve hand eye coordination.
Games like Civilization V, Endless Space and Age of Empires help to develop a keen sense of strategy and planning while others (like MMOs) foster teamwork during endgame content. Some may help with coordination, especially now that motion sensing technology is being further refined. Some may prompt an issue in history, culture, or philosophy, like the Final Fantasy series, which often employs deep and intricate plots, moral dilemmas and allusions to mythology and religion. Some, like Madden or shoote-em-up type games, may be slim when it comes to benefits, but there are many genres which provide much in the way of learning opportunities.
Where as no, they won't teach you the quadratic formula, but they will create a better personality though online play with a group of friends. With games like Assassin's Creed(I realize it twists history a bit) it tells about quite a bit of some history there. And kids LOVE it. I'm not saying that they will save your development or destroy it, but they will help you learn some things that are useful in life. Hand-eye coordination, people skills, and occasional history are just to name a few great things about these games they are calling "destructive"
Video games may not help you do better in your job or school directly, but they can help you to develop a better personality. For example, trying again and again at a hard level might teach the value of patience, never giving up, and the feeling of achievement when you finally conquer the level. Online games where you interact with other players can help you to understand communication and how to talk to one another online. Video games can also encourage bonding among friends when they play video games together, either virtually or in reality.
Ok i know people might say no but the truth is that they do help us in real world situations like gaming and playing video games and stuff. Its simple logic people wake the hell up! These video games are teaching us in the best way possible how to play other video games, the end.
They desensitize the brain in understanding real facial awareness, therefore they lead to antisocial behavior. Social networking is a small part of communicating as is the phone, but social contact in person and with newly met people makes us learn the varied expressions and emotions of humans. It's these expressions that teach us compassion and fear.
I have red many online articles about how they can make you smarter, improve vision, reflexes and help your motor skills if you are interested i recommend you check out the articles of this site or huffington post. There are 100s of studies on how they improve you and I agree with those statements.
I am a gamer and have been for years. Video games do not teach people any type of life skills. Most games just have a story and no message to them. You cannot really learn life skills from playing any type of game. It is not that type of entertainment.
I think video games do the complete opposite: they make us less social. I do not play video games at all because they are pointless to me. I know some people use them as a way to relieve stress and escape reality, but I think people should not turn into a hobby.
It is no very good for children because they might not have enough sleep and they will be staying indoors all day with is bad for children they should go and play outside with there friend it's much heather and fun I think you would agree with me I had some experience in it.
6 Reasons Violent Video Games Are Bad for Young Brains
Too much video time is very destructive to children, especially violent games.
Educational video games are fine for children if they are approved for kids and the school.
More than one hour a day is too much on the video games.
Children and adults should be taught to read more books.
Too much TV and Video games are bad for children; again, they should be reading more books.
As for developing communication skills, kids are leaning to talk through headsets for hours instead of going to other kids homes and talking, they are becoming gaming airheads; talking through headset does not increase your social skills.