Can Video Games Make You Smarter?


Video games provide a fun escape from reality;
though, they’re often portrayed as violent, lazy and a waste of time by some. The debate
has raged on for years – So are there any positive effects? Can video games actually
make you smarter? Video games provide a fun escape from reality; though, they’re often portrayed as violent, broccoli. Seriously, extremely high doses broccoli can actually be toxic. Heck even water toxicity exist. So if you binge and
do nothing but play video games, the risks probably outweigh any benefits. In fact, we
have an entire video devoted to what would happen if you stopped going outside, and the
negative effects of sitting – link in the description! Having said that, many studies have actually
shown increases in cognitive function after playing video games. One study in particular
had participants play Super Mario 64 for 30 minutes a day over 2 months. Afterwards, the
brains of these participants saw an increase of grey matter in areas associated with memory,
strategic planning, and fine motor skills of the hands, compared to those who had not
played. These are particularly encouraging results for mental disorders which cause these
brain regions to shrink; using video games as a therapy. Surprisingly, action games can also increase
attention to detail in individuals. Take a look at the following words on screen, and
yell out what colour the word is as fast as you can! So: green, blue, orange. Ok, now
try a bit faster without me. As we continue, it becomes more difficult because there is
a conflict between the word itself and its colour. Chances are, if you play more than
5-10 hours of action games a week, you’re able to solve these problems much more quickly.
This is because your brain is actually more efficient in the regions associated with attention. Of course, video games can also be incredibly
educational! And while you may not be playing some of your favourite games for this purpose,
there are certainly many games that are used as effective teaching tools for both young
and old. They may even help kids who suffer from dyslexia
read more effectively. In a small study, dyslexic children who played regular video games ended
up reading faster and more accurately – once again relating to improved attention skills.
Meanwhile, other studies have found improvements in eyesight. Not only can they see smaller
details more clearly, like tiny writing, but they have an easier time differentiating levels
of grey. Very practiced action gamers were 58% better at perceiving fine differences
in contrast. Which is important as this is one of the first things to diminish with age. Even in the elderly, improved memory and focus
is seen. More importantly, specially designed brain teasing video games have been shown
to slow the aging process of the brain by up to seven years. This is because they are
cognitively complex and require mental energy! Think you’re able to keep track of what’s
in front of your eyes? Keep an eye on the blue circle here. Eventually it will turn
yellow like all the others. I will then point to a circle, and you tell me if it was originally
blue. If you knew this ball wasn’t blue, then you’re a functioning human being. But lets
make it harder. Staring at the middle of the screen can help to keep track of the blue
circles. Was this circle originally blue? If you said no, you’d be right. One more time,
but with 5 blue circles. Was this one originally blue? Yup – it was. It turns out, the average
person can track about 3-4 objects, while a practiced action gamer can track around
6-7. Finally, as technology continues to transform
medicine, surgeries are being completed with the insertion of cameras and remote controlled
tools. And these surgeries have very clear parallels to video games, with a screen and
controlling device. Not surprisingly, young doctors with previous exposure to video games
show fewer errors and faster completion than those without. Of course, all of these skills are only useful
if you use them; which you can’t if all you do is play video games. So enjoy your down
time and relax with your games in moderation, but get out there and keep your life diverse
as well. Because that’s how you’ll win at the game of life. Got a burning question you want answered?
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100 thoughts on “Can Video Games Make You Smarter?”

  1. ok but where does it say that in order to be a gamer you have to at least hate a single group of minorities (playing games is optional)

  2. I've read the small text

    This is really small writing. If you can read to this you probably have good eyes. Wow! Good for you

  3. I have a question! Why are humans instinctively drawn to creating music? like cavemen for example were drawn to making sounds and rhythms and ancient tribes had tribal songs and what not. Just makes me think

  4. Minecraft triggered my creativity and made my social skills better. I am born with fine movement problems but i greatly improved it by using controllers and typing. I got better at seeing details and reading from far way

  5. I played osu! everyday for a month, 2-5 hours each day
    My precision and hand movement speed improved a lot. Not even joking, I have proof

  6. This is really small writing if u can read this u have really good eyes wow good for u.i read it without stuttering or rewinding

  7. I have a friend in school and he is much more smarter than me ( the guy gets only A's while I get only B's and C's ) and he is not wearing glasses and I don't eather but I still see better than him and I'm playing games all day while he plays only an hour a day….
    And I still go outside too like 3 or 4 days I spent outside whit my friends and 1 or 2 days inside because I get bored after 3 days of only going out and I stay in bed sleeping or on pc playing or spending time with my family so yeah I dont really study but I do my homework that's all that matters ok its not…I need a life •____•

  8. First of all people in other countrys than UK and america know english like 21490324023904090 bilion times more than a normal student and second of all i think that you get more creativity thats all
    also i realised this is 5 years ago

  9. I almost fully completed the multiple dot game but on the very last one, I missed one.

    I HAVE FAILED YOU, FELLOW GAMERS

  10. Well i learn some things

    Sand becomes glass/ice – Minecraft
    A person can survive a small time without the brain – Surgeon Simulator
    Coding – Some tutorials

  11. I learned how to spell, read, and speak better from video games. Not to mention escape horror video games(Slendrina Granny etc, not the greatest but still good) have made it easier for me to solve mysteries/problems, which honestly makes most books pretty boring because I can solve it really quickly!

  12. I'm an asian. And 2 years ago i had crappy grammar and i couldn't even spell"grammar".
    Guess where i learnt English?
    Videogames. Also the english class.

  13. Gaming is good but if you are addicted it's not easy to manage time. So try everything in life and don't believe teachers and parents discouraging you to not play games

  14. I use to not know how to read but I will play my fav game called rolblox I started to sound out the words people were saying and I started to read when I told my mom and dad they were shocked but they think I was lieing but when my mom was fairing me shopping I was reading out load wheat the sigh a of stores were called my mom was asking how did I start reading so good I said rolblox! And my mom told everybody in my family about this reading I can do and so now I can read I am makeing story’s for my family and school and I’m happy to say u can learn a lot from video games 🙂

  15. Yes if it a decently complexed game of that requires some startegy it will make you think about ways to complete or win the game so i guess its yes

  16. I know that Games can help You !
    Games are more smarther that the ones who don't play
    Also i play Like 5-7 hours per day
    Cuz
    I just love Forghet abouth the outside world and live in My world , a World when i can be Anythink ,do Anythink , Anywhere and any time .
    Games help me :
    ~1 Be more faster in vision
    ~ 2 Never give up
    ~ 3 My choices matter Sometimes
    ~ 4 I can be a Different person If i want to
    ~ 5 Learn more and better English
    ( Before i was knowing English not to much but since i was playing 5-7 hours per day Games that are speaking in English,Was help me at School and around
    ~ 6 Fight is not always the good choise to end Something
    ~ 7 Support and respect those who cares abouth You
    ~ 8 Teach me how to fight how to self -deffend how to survive in a World
    ~ 9 Being more smarther that others People who don't play
    ~ 10 Understand the story more better
    ~ 11 Increae your IQ
    ~ 12 Teach You how to survive
    ~ 13 let You Explore a World when You can do whatever You want (NO RULES)
    ~ 14 Sometimes Virtual Charachter are much better that the real world People
    Just Like Joel(TLOU) Arthur Morgan ( RDR2) and much more….
    ~ 15 Teach You a life lesson
    ~ 16 Somethimes You can make Greate Friends in online miltiplayer
    ~ 17 Be more carefull im My suroundings
    ~ 18 Always calculate / analize your actions (concecuencess) Before take a step foward
    ~ 19 Help You form stress
    ~ 20 Are healty
    ~ 21 Are FUN
    ~ 22 Better that Real life (Somethimes )
    ~ 23 You can't die and always came back
    ~ 24 Games are more that just Games …..
    Games are Home to gamers
    Games Teach You , can help You
    Can help You care abouth others
    Can help You decide the Best thing
    When we play
    Is Like we teleport in that game and the Charachter that we control is US
    Ie Like You can feel that world ,those Charachter's those emotiones and experience some stories….

    EAT,PIANO,GAMES,SLEEP.
    Repeat

  17. Too much of anything is bad. Indeed , I agree. Moderate playing video game is good for you because games is good for your brain and can improve your cognitive activity.

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