Video Games are Good…for Your Mind and Body.

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Scientific research confirms video games are good for you as they are sports, after all. In fact, several studies support the findings.

I know, it’s hard to wrap your head around such a fact after years of listening to “don’t sit too close to the TV, you’ll ruin your eyes,” or “stop wasting your time playing video games—go outside!”

But a real research has shown that a lot of what makes video games fun, is also good for your health—both for the brain and the body.

Benefits of Video Games & Gaming

The studies completed by several scientific organizations have proven that playing video games could help improve the quality of life for the disabled and for who are mentally ill.

The study also reinforces that exercising, playing games for as little as 30 minutes a day, can improve your life.

playing video games is good for you

Video Game Brain Study Specifics

To determine how they affect the brain, two groups of adults were selected by scientists. The first group would play the video game Super Mario 64 for 30 minutes a day, for two months. The second group was asked not to play any video game at all. To measure the size of the brain of the groups before the start of the study, scientists used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Again, it was measured after the two-month period.

The results confirmed the previous findings— there were differences in the brain structure of video gamers, and that by playing video games, there was a “direct link between video gaming and a volumetric brain increase.”

And also, the scientists believe those with mental disabilities (or whose brains had been reduced in size by an accident or medical condition) or others affected by other brain diseases, could benefit from playing video games as well. With their subjects, scientists saw increases in three major areas of the brain: the prefrontal cortex, the right hippocampus, and the cerebellum.

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