Positive Aspects of Playing Video Games: It Improves Hand-Eye Coordination and Multitasking Skills
As a gamer, we’ve all at one time or another (or probably many, many times for that matter) been given the somber speech of how video games affect our health, can be notoriously addictive, have been proven in studies to be very bad for our concentration skills, and can promote violence among its players.
What people don’t seem to consider however, are the positive effects of playing video games. In fact, playing video games have been shown to also improve a variety of skills in gamers that are potently useful even in fields other than gaming. So here’s a shout-out to players of video games everywhere about the positive points of gaming. (Who knows? Maybe these points might even be useful as a counter argument the next time you find yourself in the afore-mentioned situation!)
Playing Video Games Improves Hand-Eye Coordination
Since a gamer is too busy concentrating on the game they’re playing at the moment, maybe he or she hasn’t noticed. But anyone who has ever watched a gamer play must have at least noticed this: Their fingers fly over the console, they often shift their bodies’ positions while playing as though they are physically moving with the game, and their eyes don’t leave the screen as their fingers do the work with the buttons.
This, actually improves hand-eye coordination in video game players. Think about it. Games usually move too fast for you to pause and stare at what your hands are doing. In fact, games are usually built around the logic that though your hands are doing the controlling, your eyes are simultaneously doing the assessing. It doesn’t even always matter if the game is complicated enough or not to warrant your eyes’ full attention. The fact that you do so anyway is enough to develop hand-eye coordination. Think about it. As a gamer or just a player, how often do you fumble and stare at your hands when your eyes ought to be watching something else? Even in real life? There are even preliminary studies that have leaned towards this very fact! But if nothing else, your own experience as a video game player should give you pause and make you think about it.
Multitasking Almost Becomes Second Nature the More You Play Video Games
When one plays a video game, no matter what kind it is, there is rarely ever only one thing going on. As a player of a video game, you will often have to watch out for enemies, for traps, jump over obstacles, perform complicated moves, collect points and even artifacts, and generally find yourself dealing with multiple tasks and movements at the same time. So it isn’t too far a stretch to imagine that that would make a gamer good at handling multiple tasks simultaneously in the real world too.
The main aspect of multitasking is the mental ability a person has to process and understand multiple tasks at the same time. Multitasking is a skill where one will need to divide their attention between various tasks, giving each task the required amount of mental compartmentalization and concentration necessary to complete it correctly and efficiently, as well as not give too much concentration to one task over another beyond what is necessary. In a way, a multitasker is someone who needs to always know how to stay calm and work under (mental) pressure, even when the tasks he or she is working on is (individually) not very stressful in the first place. Now, considering all the points mentioned so far, gamers will be predictably nodding their heads now as they recognize that video games force them to make these traits a habit as they play them.