The Science of Video Games

I’ve grown up hearing every slam you can possibly imagine regarding the negative, long-term effects of video games. They encourage violent behavior and a loss of one’s grip on reality/desensitization are the most common arguments I’ve heard. I’m here to argue that these statements are simply not true. I never gave them much credit to begin with, seeing how I play violent video games often and have turned out fine. Studies have shown that people who play fast-paced, first-person shooter games have an improved level of perception, attention, and cognition. I think it can be compared to playing an instrument. Both skills require quick hand movements and focus. Video games can also be used as therapy. I saw a video of a solders’ hospital where they use custom-made video games as a sort of therapeutic relief and way to improve the hand-eye coordination of injured soldiers. Video games can also be used for educational purposes. Little kids love games, and if the video game is educational, then this could be a way to keep youngsters’ undivided attention on a lesson. All in all, I think video games do more good than bad, but often times only receive media coverage on the dark side of video games.



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