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Benefits of Gaming

Benefits of Playing Video Games

Video games can provide an outlet for entertainment, a suspension of reality, and even simply act as a time killer – but research indicates that gaming can also have positive benefits on a person’s health and well-being. Research attributes such benefits to gaming: increasing dexterity and reflex times, improving eyesight, and even improving cognitive development. Gaming has also been used in medical settings, especially in physical therapy to help patients regain motor and coordination skills, but also as pain diversion for patients undergoing particularly painful treatments.

More benefits of gaming include:
  • Stress relief
  • Increasing reading comprehension
  • Requiring quick thinking and problem solving
  • Enhancing creativity ability and art appreciation
  • Promoting fitness and weight loss (with fitness based games)
  • Improving social skills
  • Improving concentration skills (especially in attention deficit disorder patients)
  • Increasing multi-tasking abilities
  • Encouraging cooperation and teamwork
However, while there are many positive effects to gaming, students and parents should also be aware of the negative aspects of gaming too.


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