Science Is Proving Gaming Is Good For The Brain
Video games are often derided as a shameful waste of time, at best putting nothing into the world and at worst, ruining the minds of players young and old. They’re blamed for everything from sociopathic behavior to political unrest, even terrorism. It is, we mean to say, hard in here for a gamer. Fortunately, science is on the case, and a growing body of evidence suggests that contrary to the Leeland Yees of the world, intense video game playing not, in fact, ruin our brains. They might even improve them.
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about the current state of Video Game research, and the news is actually astonishing. Research indicates gamers can experience improvements ranging from hand eye coordination to better night vision, and that’s just level one. Other findings include:
* Gamers who favor action games reportedly were able to make decisions 25% faster than others without sacrificing accuracy.
* Experienced gamers displayed increased ability to multi-task.
* Women displayed improved ability to manipulate 3D objects (supposedly, men naturally show greater ability in this area, though the science is not settled).
* One three year study conducted on 491 middle school students found a correlation between frequency of computer game playing and high scores on standardized tests.
Naturally, this isn’t a secret to any of us. Just two weeks ago, a study demonstrated that World of Warcraft improved mental functioning in elderly test subjects. Of course, we still have to contend with studies that also show people who play violent games experience diminished capacity to control their emotions, but as such studies are disproven with alarming frequency, we might soon be able to point to a preponderance of evidence to the contrary.
So the next time your parents castigate you for spending so much time playing Steert Fighter X Tekken, you can defend yourself with the claim you’re just prepping for the SAT. Have fun kids! In the meantime, the entire article is worth reading.