Positive Aspects of Playing Video Games: It Actually Helps Improve One’s Concentration and Focus
Video games often get a bad rap from a lot of the population outside the gaming community for its many alleged dangers. (And yes, even many inside the gaming community as well as loyal to the art of playing video games often guiltily concede that their health might be affected in the long run.) And while (unfortunately) many of the health concerns regarding video games might be (and sometimes are) true, it is also true that there are a lot of positive aspects of gaming as well. (Really, why don’t more people talk about that!)
Not only that, but some of the dangers of video games that are propounded and spread like free samples at a food festival are actually based on only half-known pieces of information. For one thing, let’s take the example of the notoriously famous information that playing video games can actually reduce a player’s ability to concentrate and focus on tasks when they interact in real life.
Now, note that this is partly true. There are many studies that prove this. Plus, many avid gamers can be seen to be restless, jittery, and easily distracted when faced with real life tasks. And often, reading a book is like torture to avid video game enthusiasts and players. But what many people (and this “people” category includes both gamers and non-gamers alike) don’t know or have forgotten is that initial studies (in the early eras of video gaming) actually showed that playing video games improved one’s concentration. In fact, many school counselors, education researchers, and even doctors often recommended to parents and teachers of children who found it hard to concentrate and focus on their studies to play video games. Many had found it to be effective in improving the once easily distracted child’s focus in class and on their study material.
So how then did this positive effect of video games in the earlier stages of the video game era get turned around so completely? And that too, how did the concept turn around so completely and with enough effect that video games were actually pronounced detrimental to concentration and focus?
Well, that answer lies in the amount of video games one plays. For, (and we grimacingly yet honestly have to admit this) video games are addictive. And even if a player doesn’t crave playing games all the time and has quite a healthy love for video games, it still remains that once he or she starts playing video games, the player will still often lose track of time and keep going at it. Now, this might be why the gaming community is so popular in the first place. And one might argue that if playing video games improves concentration, then playing more video games should improve our concentration even more. Right?
Unfortunately, the answer to that is a “No”. It all really – in the simplest of terms – comes down to the fact that too much of anything can be detrimental. And that’s true for video games too. For video games are really fast paced. So, under that principal, playing video games might be a fun way to force a player to concentrate on what is happening in the game in order to win. But play video games too much and that person will find that they suddenly find anything that moves at a slower pace hard to concentrate on.
So gamers, don’t limit yourself. Take up more activities and get used to processing tasks and information at all speeds! (Gaming can still be your most-loved activity though.) Just enjoy everything in healthy moderation.