Game lovers may receive criticism from their parents or peers, because of the negative effects they believe may happen if one plays too many games. But according to research, there are plenty of health benefits one can receive as they play their video games.
There is an old belief saying that sitting near the computer or tv screen can deteriorate one’s vision. Well, due to the chords of the controllers now being longer or even wireless, one should not worry about sitting too close to the screens. Other studies show that playing video games can improve one’s vision, because when a gamer is forced to look for details on the screen and distinguish between different shades of the same color, one will gain the ability to distinguish between colors and notice small details in real life. Not only that but, gamers who have lazy eyes may be able to see improvements.
In an experiment in which the good eye was covered while playing their games, the gamer was forced to view through their lazy eye. Keeping in mind that the eyes are surrounded by muscles, strengthening these muscles the lazy eye issue was able to somewhat correct itself to the point where it was no longer a problem.
Creativity is another benefit of playing video games. This applies to all type of games. Let’s start with games that have to do with shooting. When playing these types of games, one needs to get through missions, learn about different weapons, and has to figure out where to go. Sometimes, one needs to think of creative ways to beat the bad guys, especially when it is on the harder levels. For those who play creation games such as Minecraft or Sims, you get to create homes, families, and even create worlds. One will soon create universes and characters that had never existed before and tell stories through the game, which develops with each round that one plays. “The creativity passes through to your abilities in life”. In the real world, one can also start to find new ways to handle situations and become far more valuable at your workplace.
There are plenty of other benefits of playing video games such as fighting depression, making one more resilient, and even getting along with strangers, so the next time someone says that games are bad for you, make sure you throw some facts at them. Surely enough, they will leave you alone. According to an eighth grader, Kevin Park, he states that games such as minecraft helps him alot with creativity in art class, as he automatically come up with images in his head of things to create and draw in class.
Kaitlyn Kang, Grade 10
Gahr High School