We’ve all heard the threats that video games are the new apocalypse (just look these at research samples and opinion pieces from scoobydomyessay.com). People give up on jobs, classes and lives to spend just another hour online, saving people, hunting things, building castles and going on raids. On the surface, the addictive power does seem a little scary. But when you dig deeper, well, it’s no wonder that lack of limits poses threats – no matter the field. In other words, take a healthy amount of everything, and you will live a happy and full life.
Same thing with computer games – play an hour or two a day and it might as well help you relax and restore. In fact, if you are one of those parents who bark at their kids for spending ANY time in front of the screen, you should stop that right now. Research proves that playing computer games might do just the opposite of what you fear – help your kids at school instead of turning them into violent, inadequate creatures.
Jokes or not, computer games are often a very social endeavor. People meet online and have to apply their negotiation and coordination skills to kill yet another boss. This skill might as well be transferred to real life. No, it won’t make it easier for a shy person to meet new people, but it might as well contribute into long-term development of communication skills.
Gone are the days of mindless shooters. Today is the era of games that requite mobilization of all one’s faculties, including critical thinking, analysis and decision making. Try teaching a child in a more pleasant yet effective way. Try to think of a way – we’ll wait.
A chance to relax
No, it’s not about sitting your whole weekend in front of the screen. It’s about using an hour or two to vent. Killing monsters online has been proven to reduce aggression levels in real life. Yes, quite the opposite to what moms all over the world believe. Computer games don’t cause aggression. Mental problems do.
Technical skills and agility
Players are often asked to do many things at once – things that include pressing combinations of buttons, moving the mouse, making decisions, replying in the chat and god knows what else. This is exactly why playing a game will prepare your kid for the real life, where you often have to juggle many things at once.
If you thought that learning language through computer games was a myth, you couldn’t be more wrong. Games get more sophisticated every year, with plots and dialogues that actually matter in the development of events. It’s hard to explain a 10-year-old why he needs to speak Spanish or French, but he will do it gladly for teammates or other in-game activities.
The sweet solution is, as usual, somewhere in between. Overdo – and gaming will become a problem. Don’t do enough – and it will have no positive impact whatsoever.