Why Gaming Is Actually Good For You
It is obvious that gaming is a great way to spend your time. Year on year, the games that are available have better graphics, better story lines, and a greater scope. The industry is one of the most daring, constantly improving, exciting creative industries around today. It is even becoming a revenue source for many people. eSports are now so popular that even ESPN are reporting on them. Further, there is research that was recently published which confirms what many people have known for a long time: gaming can have positive cognitive effects, particularly with regard to perception, attention, memory and decision-making. If you are new to the world of gaming, or you’ve been schooling people for years, here are five reasons why gaming is still the best thing you can do:
The stereotype of gamers, especially amongst people who don’t know what they’re talking about, is that they are lonely, unhealthy young men who live in their parent’s basement. The reality is quite different. The internet and the intrinsic popularity of online play has made gaming one of the best ways to meet people. Whether you’re getting together with your friends to take on teams, or you’re playing alongside other gaming enthusiasts from all over the world, it is difficult to suggest that playing video games makes you isolated. Gamers are a part of a truly international community. If you go to a bar, you’ll only end up meeting people from your neighborhood.
For all its benefits, gaming is surprisingly inexpensive. The supposed animosity between console and PC gamers besides, the cost of hardware is remarkably modest, especially when considered against the hours of entertainment that it can provide. Gaming PCs are becoming more and more affordable, and more people are building their own set ups. It might be time for you to level up your gear. In an environment that, above all overs, places emphasis on technological advancement, you can’t afford to be left behind.
Gaming can not only help you improve your cognitive performance, but it can also make you physically healthier too. Since the Wii especially, and now with Nintendo’s new console Switch, the emphasis has moved from sitting down and exercising your thumbs and fingers, to getting up and being active. So-called ‘exergaming’ has been shown to help you have a workout. It certainly beats going all the way to the gym, and it’s a lot more fun besides.
It is not just physical health that gaming can improve, though. The escape that many games provide is helpful in combatting the everyday stresses of life. When you’re completely absorbed by surviving the next wave of enemies or scoring the goal that wins the world cup, you aren’t worrying about how much you hate your boss. Gaming has also been used to help people with such serious conditions as anxiety and depression.
Finally, and perhaps most convincingly, gaming is just fun, and as long as you continue to enjoy doing it, nothing else matters.
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