College of DuPage Matthew Pasieta wrote for Healthy Lombard that since video games are played on screens, most individuals assume that all that screen time is bad for one’s health. Daphne Bavelier (2020) released a TED talk that made several interesting points. First, concerning vision, gamers could make out small details better and distinguish between shades of gray (useful for driving in foggy conditions). Games are actually now being developed to improve patients with poor vision. This may be a way for people to improve their vision which in turn would greatly improve their quality of life. So people could get into gaming for an actual health reason which is quite far from it being a “waste of time”.
Another benefit to video games is the emotional support they can provide. “Simple games that are easy to access and can be played quickly, such as “Angry Birds,” can improve players’ moods, promote relaxation and ward off anxiety, the study said. ”If playing video games simply makes people happier, there may be an emotional benefit according to Isabela Granic of Radboud University. Stress is a major problem in society so any activity that can reduces stress without increasing the risk of other health conditions is worth exploring.
Video games often are considered unhealthy however, they may actually have more value than merely pure entertainment and may actually improve emotional health.
Bavelier, D. (n.d.). Your brain on video games. Retrieved November 13, 2020, from https://www.ted.com/talks/daphne_bavelier_your_brain_on_video_games
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