• Damien Lane

3 Ways Gaming Can Be Good For You

Although a lot of people think video games are a waste of time and unhealthy and criticize people who play them, there are actually many healthy and beneficial things that video games can provide. Here are just a few of the positive benefits of playing video games, according to the week.com:

  1. Relief from physical and emotional pain – By focusing on the game and having a good time playing the game can help you forget physical pain and emotional pain.

  2. Relief from stress and depression - According to The Week, “Gamers who suffered from mental health issues such as stress and depression were able to vent their frustration and aggression by playing video games — and showed a noted improvement.” It’s important to remember, however, that some games – such as intense, competitive games – can actually increase stress. Other games, such as Minecraft, for example, are very peaceful and relaxing.

  3. Improved reflexes and reaction speeds – Many games require quick reactions, reflexes, and thinking, from Mario to Rainbow Six to Minecraft, and by playing these types of games over time, it can give you faster reflexes and better decision making.