Video Games Are Good for Our Health
A word to the wise:
In our last post we looked at how video games can become addicting. In this post, we look into how video games can be good for your health! Video games are actually scientifically proven to be beneficial for both your brain and body. Video games are good for our health and also our social life.
And the reality is that video games are in fact quite addicting for some individuals. Lives can be totally consumed by video games and virtual realities. But luckily for the vast majority of us, that’s not the case. The majority of people who play video games will play in moderation, either by choice or just because they are busy with other things.
So, for those of us who game in moderation, video games are good for our health!
Pain Relief and Virtual Reality:
At the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, they have experienced positive results with both children and adults for pain relief and distraction from medical procedures. The virtual reality aspects of video games have positive benefits for distracting people enough to actually increase their capacity for pain management.
But that’s not all hospital uses video games for. Todd Chang, MD, is a physician at CHLA who also has a love of video game development and resource management. Chang created a game called VitalSigns, which is used by doctors and nurses to prepare for emergency room situations.
It turns out that when PTSD treatment is followed by video games, such as Tetris, patients have a decrease in traumatic images. That isn’t to say it will successfully treat PTSD, but that it has been shown to have positive effects of relief and treatment results.
It’s not only old strategy type games like Tetris that are effective for coping with PTSD. It a very thorough article written by Jake Offenhartz, he goes in-depth on how the use of video games has been beneficial to many soldiers returning from war. One soldier describes how video games kept him away from a lot of the problems other veterans are susceptible to such as drugs, alcohol, prescribed drugs and etc.
Better Decision-Making Skills:
Fast pace action video games have been shown to increased decision making skills in individuals compared to others who played slow pace video games. Being able to make constant quick decisions within the video game can carry over into real life.
How video games have been beneficial to me:
In all honesty, video games have not benefited me in a significant way mentally. At least not that I’ve noticed. However, they have been great socially for my friends and I.
After graduating college it’s incredible how much hard it is to see your friends without a lot of effort. Thankfully, video games can overcome that issue. Video games all me to spend a couple hours a week gaming and chatting with my college buddies who now live far away.
How have video games positively affected your life? Was there a game in particular that really impacted you?