Why Video Games Are Good for Your Brain and Body

They say video games aren’t good for you. They say they’re bad for your eyes, your
spine, and your social life. But hey, just show those head shakers this
video and prove to them that there are a lot of reasons why they’d be better off playing
video games! 1. Multitasking
There are dozens of different game genres, like races, strategies, and role-playing games,
to name a few. A player is changing missions constantly;
they get used to switching from one assignment to another. Their brain is always under stress, but it’s
not the bad kind of stress. They learn to grasp new information quickly;
the speed of their reaction grows, and they can do several tasks at the same time. Scientists from Rochester University proved
that gamers who spend at least one hour a day playing video games are more advanced
than their peers. Their strategic thinking is more developed;
they concentrate better; and they can find a solution quicker. 2. Seeing in darkness
Your parents must have told you that if you play too much you’ll ruin your eyes, or
at least have problems with your sight. Well, you can tell them that this myth is
out of date. If it was ever true before, modern monitors
and TVs made it obsolete. And now it’s quite the opposite: Games like
“Call of Duty” or “Quake” can improve night vision. How come? In these games, one has to notice the slightest
changes in the game field – moving shadows, dark shapes, and silhouettes. It gives you a better perception of shades
of grey, which makes it easier to see in the dark. 3. Healing problems with sight
Video games could even help improve the sight of people who have serious eye conditions. There are a lot of bright spots on the screen,
which train their sight to react to bright colors, and their visual acuity gets stronger. People with eye conditions used to wear special
glasses in which their stronger eye is covered, and the weaker one has to work for the 2 of
them. Now they’ve got a more efficient and interesting
alternative – to play special video games which train the eye. 4. A higher threshold for discomfort
Think you can only be a superhero in the virtual world? What about being immune to physical discomfort
in reality? Researchers have proved that people who have
to go through a painful treatment feel much better if they play video games during the
process. Even people with bad burns are 30-50% less
sensitive to it when they play. It’s not difficult to see where the effect
comes from. When the brain is involved in the game, it’s
too busy to send discomfort signals in full force. That’s why video games might become an anesthetic
of the 21st century. 5. Healing
Video games can not only distract from the discomfort, but also make for quicker healing. They’re widely used for people with hand
injuries. Scientists from Tel Aviv University have discovered
that patients who play games on a computer or a video game console recover their hands’
mobility much quicker than people who get a traditional treatment. Plus, it has no side effects like medicine
does. 6. Slower aging
Hey, what about playing video games to stay young forever? Well, forever is a bit of an exaggeration,
but who knows. 681 people over the age of 50 took part in
a study at Iowa University. During the experiment, they played video games
that were designed especially for them for at least 2 hours daily. As a result, they slowed the process of aging
by 7 years. Impressive, right? Psychologists say that any game would be useful. Its only task is to keep you thinking all
the time. Video games have the same effect on your brain
as physical exercise on your body, scientists say. 7. Better memory
The latest studies prove that the hippocamp – the part of the brain responsible for
memory – changes if you play 3D games. Your memory gets 12% better! Though it’s not quite clear why it happens,
scientists are looking for ways to use it to help people who have problems with memory. 8. Better coordination
Video games are great for hand-eye coordination. The influence is so substantial that they
use games to train surgeons. They use special simulators to learn precise
movements in a very small space. This way, surgeons can perform a difficult
operation in virtual reality before the real one, making the chances for success much higher. It’s also proved that games that require
quick actions improve mobility and reflexes. 9. Better cognitive processes
Playing your favorite video game helps you develop attention, diligence, and your perception
of reality. This is all thanks to critical thinking and
the many decisions you have to make during the game. This discovery is very important, since it
means that video games can help elderly people. Now you know that if your mind isn’t as
sharp as it used to be, you’d better go and play for a couple of hours for your health’s
sake! 10. Less stress
No one has thought of a better way to reduce stress than to wipe out thousands of your
enemies on an alien planet. Playing a video game and thinking about what’s
happening in a virtual world distracts you from the stresses and troubles of reality. A lot of people play Angry Birds to relax. So if you feel angry, leave the furniture
alone and throw that bird into the pigs! 11. Quicker decision making
In most games, you have to face moral dilemmas that make you weigh up the pros and cons and
make a decision that will affect the course of the game. To play some games, like strategies, you need
to think critically, or nothing will come of it. Studies show that the skills you get in the
games can be useful in real life –and at school too. 12. Help with reading disorders
Some people have serious difficulty reading and focusing, but those who play video games
can process information more easily. There are also special games that train them
to discern sounds and turn on the sleeping zones of the brain, which helps with concentration. 13. Leadership qualities
Some video games require that you behave as a leader, and gamers use these skills in real
life. They develop improvisation skills, and as
a result, react much faster to unexpected difficulties, and make better judgment calls
under pressure. 14. Research
A lot of games are based on true historical events, which allows the gamers to learn about
it without really trying. Children who play these games might show more
interest in history than their peers. 15. Communication
Online games help people get acquainted with each other, and make new friends who share
their interests. They could even meet offline and have fun
outside of the virtual world. But always use caution if meeting someone
for the first time. Kids should never talk to anyone online, or
give out any information, without the permission of their parents. 16. Physical exercises
“Wii Sports” and other similar games give your body the same amount of exercise as walking
at a speed of 3 miles per hour. Some gyms use virtual reality for their work-outs
too, and it’s a more efficient and exciting way of training. Have you ever tried working out this way? Bottom Line: The main advice with video games
is to not overdo it. Moderation is the key, you know; your parents
were right about that one. So don’t forget to get out sometimes. No matter how great and elaborate the virtual
world is, there’s still a real life to live. And it might be more interesting than game
designers could ever imagine! Hey, if you learned something new today, then
give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other cool videos I think
you’ll enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay
on the Bright Side of life!


  1. Hahaha! Couch 🛋 potato 🥔!
    I’m not favor or encourage my son to spend more time playing 🎮 game. Moderation is the key and firm decision when to say stop or no playing video games. Prioritize the studies and doing homework 📚.

  2. Well like everything, moderation is what’s best. Kids who spend 12 a day on their game and they do nothing else like run outside or read a book,…that is not healthy or good for your brain or body. A kid needs to be well rounded. Common sense.

  3. The video games I play are ones that I downloaded which are Super Baseball, Puzzles and Empires, blackjack, and a little billiards.

  4. What? Nightvision? Oh yeah I think ill improve my night vision using WW2 Tanks at night in War Thunder.

  5. THANK YOU SO MUCH BRIGHT SIDE NOW MY MOM LETS ME PLAY VIDEO GAMES! But she says that I cant play games that has defeating or "killing" or guns in it. What do I tell her?

  6. Can you do a video on how you know your popular and why because I've been being popular on and of and now this year I'm a loser and I just want to be popular like for all boys and girls and girls with scars on their face because I have scars on my face

  7. My Mom: "Stop play Roblox It will ruin your eyes and you will be blind!"
    Me: Shows this video
    My Mom:"It's fake don't believe, why would you believe someone over your mom"
    Me: Oh come on you never believe anything
    My Mom: "I don't care"
    Yes that's what my mom says

  8. I can give a testimonial for this video 😏.
    One thing the video missed is : "You learn to figure out the direction of sound much better and can rely on your ears for detecting incoming bogies !

  9. Blind sider for the gamers! Non sense go to school or work! Your old enough to play games! Your a deception for the dark side! The uploader is blinding you

  10. My mother do not like it 😥😫😫😢😢😢😢😫😫😫😫😥😥😥😫😥😫😥😫😫😢😫😢😫😫😥😫😥😫😥😫😢😫😫😫😥😰😰😰😰

  11. No it is only advertisment. In reality more harm then benifit. Only in motion we can train eyes (measure distance, balance and so on).

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