Regardless of your age, playing games is without a doubt one of the best ways to spend your free time. Games can be fun, competitive and educational, and whether you choose to play card games or video games, they share one thing in common, and that’s the fact that they are beneficial to your health. So, whether you’re an avid gamer or you play them casually, here are some of the ways you can benefit from them.
Remember how it was like growing up and having your parents criticize you for staring at the screen? However, when we are, for example, playing video games on our computers, we are not just looking at the screen, but we are actively engaged in the gameplay. Many popular games today will require your full attention and they help you coordinate your physical, audial and visual movement.
All new video games come with different sets of rules. Those games also have multiple levels. This can vary depending on a game, but in order to progress from one level to another, you have to solve puzzles, manage resources and do similar things in order to complete the task at hand. As is the case with every game, the difficulty gradually increases with each level, and the diversity between levels and video games ultimately leads you to solve similar puzzles faster every time.
They Improve Social Skills
Believe it or not, video games do help improve social skills. The majority of video games today are played online, and it is easier than ever to play them in multiplayer mode. Matter of fact, most games can only be played in this mode and require you to continuously communicate with your team. Although you cannot compare it to talking and socializing in person, communicating through video games not only increases your social skills but also helps those shy ones join a conversation.
Improving Educational Skills
Video games can be an excellent source of learning new stuff. Plant your kid or yourself in front of a book and your attention will be divided into million different things at once. However, immerse yourself in a video game, and you’ll learn a million different things without even trying to. A lot of video games today are based on real-life historical events and even those that aren’t can teach you many fantastic things.
Improves Multitasking Skills
When playing certain video games, for example, FPS (first-person shooters), you are required to track multiple things on your screen. You need to watch the radar/map for the incoming enemies or the objectives, pay attention to your ammunition and resources, such as health or mana, and so on, and so on, and do all that while moving your character and trying to survive. Knowing how and where to allocate your time and attention improves your multitasking skills and can be beneficial to you in the long run or even can be applied to certain job positions.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits when it comes to playing video games, so remember that next time your kid wants to spend some time playing them. Naturally, video games are beneficial only if played moderately, so make sure both your children and you get some fresh air and spend some time doing outdoor activities.