The Cognitive Benefits Of Playing Video Games

Motor Skills
Jun 4, 2020

Video games have been around for more than 50 or even 60 years. It is a form of entertainment that is very interactive and allows you to live a life through another set of eyes.

From gaming arcades, television consoles, handheld consoles, mobile devices to online gaming, video gaming is undoubtedly one of the most popular entertainment these days. But do you know that playing video games can help to boost your cognitive skills?  Here are 3 cognitive benefits of playing video games that you should be aware of:  

Improves Memory - A gamer typically has to understand the ins and outs of the game structure. To achieve this, the gamer has to read and comprehend the game instructions and tactics. Making efforts to memorize/remember the gaming instructions throughout the whole entirety of the game is required in order to be able to progress to the next level. That’s how videogames help in improving a gamer’s potential to remember.  

Enhances Multitasking Skills - There are so many details to take note of when playing video game. For example, a gamer has to remember to keep a lookout for oncoming enemies, when to launch an attack, keeping an eye on the number of lives and constantly monitoring the level of ammunitions left. With frequent video gaming sessions, the gamer’s ability to multitask inevitably improves over time.  

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Improves Concentration - Video games, especially action and tactical games require full concentration from gamers. Gamers have to achieve a certain score to be able to move on to the next stage of the game. By making the player focus his/her entire attention to the video game, it helps improve player’s concentration level.  Did you ever think, playing video games can be so advantageous? So what are you waiting for? If you want to reap the benefits of video gaming, you should perhaps give it a try today!

Improves Problem-Solving Ability - The ability to solve complicated problems and the speed with which you can solve them is essential for leading a healthy regular daily life. Research states even if you have no previous skill in solving problems, by playing complicated video games, you could improve on that ability. The constant requirement to interact with the story and planning the next steps will improve this skill.

The other cognitive benefits of playing video games includes improved reaction time, mental flexibility and spatial memory. Video games have also led to various other benefits such as reduced stress levels, increased self esteem and increased prosocial behaviour.

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