Why Video Games are Beneficial to All Kinds of People

There are many negative stigmas and preexisting opinions people have in regards to video games. Some think they are a waste of time, others believe no good can come from them. I would like to provide some facts that support the idea of video games having positive benefits to all sorts of people.

According to this article, https://www.geico.com/living/home/technology/9-reasons-to-give-video-games-a-try/, video games can have many positive impacts on children and adults. Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved problem-solving skills
  • Stress relief
  • Healthy brain stimulation
  • Improved social skills
  • Mental health benefits

One of the biggest benefits to video games I have found personally is the improvement on my mental health. Video games have always been one of my favorite hobbies since I was a kid and a big reason for that is they provide an escape from the real world. No matter what problems you may have going on in your life, you can sit down and become immersed in a virtual world of a video game for however long you please. Whether it’s for a few minutes or a few hours, having that time where to yourself where you can just relax and enjoy a great game, not worrying about your real world problems, can greatly impact your mental health. https://www.theguardian.com/games/2020/nov/16/video-gaming-can-benefit-mental-health-find-oxford-academics

Video games have also allowed me to connect with people all across the country and globe. If not for video games, I would’ve never come across these people in my lifetime. Thanks to playing video games, I’ve made strong friendships with individuals that I can carry with me for years to come.

Video games have many positive impacts on people that sometimes don’t get talked about enough. I believe the benefits far outweigh the negatives and I’m grateful to have gotten to experience said benefits myself.

1 thought on “Why Video Games are Beneficial to All Kinds of People

  1. Hi Matt,

    I am not much of a gamer (though I did get the high score on a Donkey Kong machine once), but I agree with your post and I think that the negative stigma associated with video games is generally unwarranted. All of the benefits you have listed can be verified with several studies. It should be noted, however, that some aggressive games may induce aggressive behaviors. Make no mistake, people have often framed this as if the game is at fault but, more often than not, it’s because of pre-existing problems from the player.
    I might give a couple games a try over summer break!

    -Joe

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