Video games offer a fun escape from reality. But they are often viewed by some as a waste of time. Many parents worry if these games will make their children dumber?
First, let’s accept that too much of anything can be bad. Even something healthy like superfoods if taken in large quantities can cause adverse effects. So if a child does nothing but play video games all the time, video games will have a negative effect on him.
Let’s look at some of the advantages of computer games:
A smarter brain: Studies have shown time and again that after playing computer games, the human brain becomes more active. Additionally, there is an increase in gray matter in areas associated with memory, strategic planning, and motor skills in children who play a video game for an hour every day.
Attention to Detail: These games help children pay more attention to the little things. This is because some computer games require the player to pay attention to details.
Video games can be educational too – video games are one of the best teaching tools. There are many computer games on the market that can be used as an effective educational tool for children. It also helps children with mental disorders to read and understand more quickly and effectively.
Vision improvement: Children can not only see small details, but can also differentiate colors in a better way. It also helps children to notice variation in contrasts.
Better use of technology: In today’s world, many activities are driven by technology. Activities such as operations are performed with robotic arms and cameras. Controlling these robotic arms is very similar to computer games with a screen and a controller. When exposed to computer games, children can do this with fewer mistakes.
That said, all of these abilities are useful only when used in reality.
Unfortunately, the video games that are popular with children are the ones that reward them for committing violence against others. Because of this, a child may begin to assume that this is the way things work.
Also, the rating systems for computer games are not effective. Ratings are given by the people who make the product. Obviously, they want to make sure the video games are sold and a profit is made. It should also be remembered that anything that gets children off the couch is better than computer games that keep them glued to the couch.