Playing video games: helpful or harmful?

 

 

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Joe Dennis

Reporter

Video games have become more than just a pastime.

Numerous studies and reports show the benefits of video games on an individual.

Benefits such as improving eye sight and helping soldiers returning from war who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The hobby of playing video games has integrated itself into society where it’s helping people developmentally and psychologically.

Critics will say sitting in front of the television for too long will damage someone’s eyes when ironically it’s actually helping improve vision.

According to a study published in Nature Neuroscience, people who play video games can differentiate between different shades of gray and improve their eyes’ contrast sensitivity.

This improvement was noticed in people who play video games such as Battlefield 3 or Call of Duty.

Also, rather than being just a fun pastime for players, video games even assist soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Soldiers returning from the Iraq war are brought in to therapy sessions where they are placed in a virtual recreation of the battlefield.

For most people, it would seem like a regular video game. For soldiers though who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, it consciously recreates traumatic situations.

According to Psychology Today, by recreating these events in a virtual environment, patients are able to deal with the emotional impact of their traumatic experiences. This helps them not only psychologically but socially as well.

Not having their trauma at the forefront of their minds when communicating and handling everyday life is the result of many patients who have been afflicted by this problem of post-traumatic stress.

Not only have video games helped when it comes to health, thanks to the Internet and telecommunication,, people now are able to socialize with friends and family while playing video games.

Many video games are designed for multiple players who are in different venues.

Folks now can play video games with anyone almost anywhere without having to actually leave their homes.

Parents and children can communicate and interact positively with one another in a comfortable environment where they can engage in friendly competition and fun.

Video game systems such as the Nintendo Wii and the Kinect have gotten people physically involved with their video game experience.

 

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