Almost everyone who owns a computer or a TV has turned to video gaming at some point in their life. It seemed like a natural and gradual shift; playing outside as a kid or with your kids, and then coming indoors to cool off and calm down with the console in the living room. And there’s so many ways you can play games in the modern era: on your own, with your family, or with an internet connection and other people across the globe. Any one of them has quite a few benefits for you.
And video games aren’t all bad, at the end of the day. Similarly, once again science has shown us there’s not much to the relationship between what goes in our society and what goes on inside the game world! So we’ve touched a little on the legacy of playing PC games before, but let’s have a further look into what exposure to video games can really do for us. Just like you hopefully have fun playing your favorite games, hopefully you pick up some good points here! It’s time to look at the good side of playing a video game.
They’re an Easier Way to Have Fun
The first point to bring up here is the fact that gaming lets us have some easy fun in the spare time we have, and they’re always available unlike friends and family. So when other people aren’t around, or you don’t feel like going out, turning to a console or a computer can fill the gap extremely well.
And since the invention of mobile apps, there’s a lot more variety to gaming experiences than ever before! You can get ports of some of the most classic games right at your fingertips, playing them when you’re out and about as well. If you’ve got some time to waste
waiting for the bus, why not be the hero of your own adventure in FF15?
Phones are certainly important for a teenager’s way of life. If you have a child who’s growing fast, talk to them about their phone usage. You might just find a good way to connect to someone who’s in the prime of life and constantly changing!
You Can Learn Smart Thinking
So let’s get into more of the nitty and gritty of the matter! Depending on the kind of games you play, a lot of critical thinking is going to need to go into them. Even getting used to the mechanics of a game such as an FPS is going to open up some new pathways in our brains. Get a lot more savvy with how technology works, and you’ve got some new knowledge to keep stored away for further use in this field.
However, when you’re playing something like a ‘strategy’ game, you’re going to have to do a bit more thinking to make sure you win. So this is something you might want to direct your kids towards in their gaming time! Your brain is a lot more flexible when you’re younger, so learning these methods now to win games that require you to be constantly on the ball might just help them in their academic careers.
They Can Help You Feel Young
If you’re someone who likes to experience new things, and you know your brain is constantly on the lookout for new activities, gaming might just be a good solution for you. Of course it’s not the be all end all for a restless mind, but it can help you to feel good in yourself. Trying out something new whenever you can presents your brain with new challenges, and more importantly, ones they’ve never faced before. And it’s this that makes us feel like we’ve learnt something, and exercises us in a way we could never do physically.
Your brain is going to get stronger and stronger the more you try out these activities, and you’re going to have fun whilst you’re at them. So sit down with your kids if they like using consoles as well and put a game on. It’s great family bonding time as you can learn what interests your children and enjoy it with them, and you can monitor exactly what your child is doing in the online world at the same time.
They Can Improve Life Skills
This is where multiplayer games come into their own. Whether your kid is playing with local friends of theirs, or is simply active in an online room, they can learn a thing or two about how to treat other people. Just because they’re not outside doesn’t mean they’re not being sociable!
Your kids can learn to be social with people from all over the globe, which means they’re going to have a chance to diversify their interests and knowledge from a young age. They can also learn better empathy skills, looking after other players who don’t have the same in game resources, and learn to work as a team.
Of course this coin has two sides to it, and there’s quite a few bad people out there who use these rooms to. But at the same time, this can also be a learning experience for the young ones in your house: it’s time to teach them about internet safety.
The Overall Verdict?
Video gaming is a modern invention, and it’s a medium that’s still hotly debated. We just aren’t used to these effects on the growing population! People just can’t seem to make up their minds over whether it’s good or bad for kids to indulge in! However, instead of treating a games console as the root of all evil, or something that simply makes your kid happy, go for in between.
It can help and hinder when used properly or improperly, and as a parent you should always monitor what someone of a young age is up to. But gaming has been shown to help us out, and thus it’s going to stick around because it’s fun as well!