It is stressful for parents to see their kids playing video games such as DOTA, Clash of Clans or Minecraft all-day long. Obviously it’s very unhealthy when one stays in front of computer immobile and what you hear from the computer is sounds of guns or bombs. Though this scenario and other stories cite that video games make people prone to various health risks, it’s not generally bad according to some reports.
In the report of Forbes, playing video games can train people to become wiser and develop necessary business skills. The business site mentioned that since some video games require alliances, players can taste the fun of collaboration, and handling failures. Compare to other plays, video games that bluntly say to a person who is loser and winner – no sugar coated. It’s helpful for players to become sports and accept the real value of winning. Forbes also added that those who handle failures know how to give respect to their opponents.
“Being immersed in a video game…can encourage creative solutions and adaptations [which] can then be applied to real life situations. The results can be surprisingly positive for individuals, communities, and society as a whole,” Alan Weiss, President and CEO, NCH Healthcare Systems, shared with Forbes.
If you think playing video games is only a stress-buster for small-time entrepreneurs, CBC News shared that this is also one hobby of rich men who make US$100,000 to 200, 000 annually. Apparently, in the study of SeekingArrangement.com rich men are into video games at least 5.2 hours per week. And for those who can make US$300, 000 to 400, 000 are fond of playing 10.3 hours per week.
“Many assume that time spent gaming is a detriment to success, which is completely false,” Seeking Arrangement CEO Brandon Wade said in a statement. “Our survey indicates that gaming is an outlet, not distraction, in a wealthy man’s life.”
Meantime, American Psychological Association o APA noted that yes there researches pointing that aggression, depression, and addiction are some negative impacts of video games. However they also added studies that these games, even those believed to be violent ones, may improve kids learning capabilities like spatial navigation, memory, perception; and understanding of technology, science, and mathematics.
“Important research has already been conducted for decades on the negative effects of gaming, including addiction, depression and aggression, and we are certainly not suggesting that this should be ignored,” says Isabela Granic, PhD, of Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands, shared on apa.org. “However, to understand the impact of video games on children’s and adolescents’ development, a more balanced perspective is needed.”