Some people think of video games in a negative light, due to health issues like obesity. However, there are many health and wellness benefits of video games too.
Video games have a long history, and so much has changed since their inception 70 years ago. Unfortunately, many people consider playing video games an unhealthy habit. There are, however, many health and wellness benefits of video games that you might not know about. While everything should be done in moderation, there are some great things anyone can reap from gaming.
Connects You With Others
A truly meaningful and positive aspect of video games is that there is an entire video game community out there with a variety of members. Most video games have some kind of online community and allow you to play with people all around the world. This can help you work with others as you try to reach an objective, in addition to building friendships. And when it comes to your wellness, few things can lift your mental health quite as friendships can.
To master a video game, you need to master the controls. What this entails is you knowing what buttons to hit at the right time. Achieving the mechanism of play is a great way to improve your memory. You eventually become highly skilled, and get so used to where the buttons are that you don’t have to even look. This form of “muscle memory” works your brain in a unique way that transfers skills to other parts of your life.
Improves Hand-Eye Coordination
In addition to improving memory, video games can also help with your hand-eye coordination. While video games aren’t the first thing we think of when it comes to hand-eye coordination, our motor skills are greatly utilized in gaming. As VR gaming becomes more popular, gamers’ hand-eye coordination skills will only get better.
An impactful health and wellness benefit of video games is that they offer a healthy escape from stressful issues. Video games can transport you to a new world in a visceral experience that can take your mind off pressing matters for a few hours.
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