There is a definite stigma attached to video games as being a waste of time, parents are consistently complaining about their child spending too much time zoned into a game and “neglecting” the real world. However, the medical community has recently proposed and conducted studies that might prove otherwise. Gaming may now be seen and is currently used to help treat symptoms of ADHD, improve vision and reaction time, increase mental health, and in some cases help patients who have suffered from strokes to recover much faster. Gaming in recent years has been taken to an entirely new level, with the introduction of WI Fit we see machines helping the elderly with mobility, keeping individuals entertained, while active.
Gaming, when played in moderation of course, has been noted to help children suffering from ADHD to focus their immense levels of energy into a direct single point. Moreover, the video games help these children enter into a peaceful state as brainwave frequencies are noticeably transitioned into a beta, or meditative state while focusing on achievements or other aspects of the game. Research conducted has shown that the use of video games on ADHD sufferers can be just as good if not better then the use of medication, which has adverse effects on the body. An increase in IQ levels, attention span, and neurological feedback has also been detailed.
It is no surprise that video games can also help a person of any age boost their vision. Where the belief once was that it was bad to stare at a TV or Computer screen for lengthy periods, it went unnoticed that the focus required to fulfill some of these games were doing more good than harm. That being said, gaming has an effective ability to boost contrast sensitivity, aiding the eye in distinguishing the smallest changes in shades and colors that are taking place within the game. No study has been conducted as of late, however it is only logical to assume this would also decrease the effects of age related macular degeneration.
Certain video games require an immense capability to strategically plan, to examine all possible solutions and choose the most effective – similar to chess. Chess, along with sudoku are believed to be some of the top cognitive enhancing games a person can play, mental workouts so to speak. Many modern games, even those shoot em up ones are created with this in mind and promote a persons neurological function, memory, cognition, and intellectual capacity.
Successfully completing such games would also logically give the player a sense of achievement as they move on to the next level, motivating the player to be result driven and strive to work harder. The hope would be that this mentality is transitioned into every day life and the person puts the same focus and determination that they do for the video game, towards productive tangible desires.