Gaming: Is it Good or Bad for You?

If you’ve been playing games like I do, you probably heard about a lot of contradicting information. Some say it will rot your brain, ruin your vision, while others claim that it will make you smarter and improve your hand-eye coordination. So, what exactly does gaming do to your brain?

The gaming industry is booming, the stakes are getting higher, and many kids are starting to take interest in games. Put simply, gamers are playing more than ever before.

Does Gaming Make You a Better Athlete?

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So, let’s start with the question you might be asking yourself every time you play. “Since games are more like eSports, will playing make me more athletic?” This depends on the game you play. If you’re playing games such as Fortnite or League of Legends, then it will make you out of shape.

It doesn’t make you any more athletic, although it may improve your coordination and boost your cognitive skills. It is also claimed that you will be sharper through video games. Your decision-making skills will be faster. But is this true?

Testing Gamers Through Cognitive Tests

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Through cognitive tests, a person who doesn’t play video games was outperformed by a significant margin by someone who plays video games.

They say that “Playing video games can lead to fast action and can be chaotic. There are much more distractions in games than in real life”. You make decisions pretty fast and you’re multitasking while playing.

How Do Video Games Affect a Gamer’s Brain?

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Performing many tasks in a short amount of time is actually an exercise for your cognition. It only so happens that video games provide you with this kind of exercises. Because of this, they concluded that video games can improve your cognition.

It is also noted by researchers that, “The ability to improve your cognition is an amazing thing.”

It Depends on the Game You’re Playing

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However, it is important to note that the improvement in your cognition depends on what game you’re playing. Games such as Fortnite, CounterStrike, and Overwatch are games that really maximize the growth of your cognitive functions.

Research says that games such as those have much more fast movements, lots of objects in the screen, and the need to make accurate decisions under time pressure. These are things that serve as the foundation of your cognitive function. But what if games are made solely for improving those cognitive functions?

The Goal of Researchers for Gamers

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That are what researchers are aiming for. Their goal is to use neuroscience along with games to improve your cognitive ability.  However, there are many more goals of researchers. They are also using games so people with psychological disorders to overcome their problems in their brain.

Virtual reality is also being used for the sake of improving both the cognitive and physical ability of individuals. This is like playing games with fast movements, a lot of objects to keep track of, and under pressure accurate decision-making but you need to move in the real world.

Hopefully, this experiment makes it possible for people all around the world to improve their skills while entertaining themselves.

There are many benefits of video games, yes, but there are also harmful effects. This includes impaired vision for gamers. While this is still up to debate, you should only play games in moderation.