We love video games with their fun and exciting nature, but whether we put the controls down, video games or at least thinking like a gamer can have a positive impact on our entire lives. Here are ten video features that do us good.
- Learn Personal Accountability
The best video games are a challenge. Pushing those challenges can teach us patience and self-accountability – we learn how to focus on our actions and what we can control to improve the conditions around us. It may not be an obvious lesson from video games, and it requires self-examination, but lessons like these continue from play to real life.
- Learn How To Deal With People In Real Life
Online games offer many opportunities to connect with other players. One of these experiences can teach you a few things about how to interact with others in real life – you can work well with anyone, perhaps, if you have the same goal (whether ending a prison or working with a presentation) and how clear past communication is important because others can’t read our minds.
- Relax and reduce anxiety and stress
For many people, playing video games is a much-needed leisure time. The psychological benefits of playing video games can extend to real life as it relieves stress and anxiety. Some studies have shown that immersion games can cure post-traumatic stress disorder. Of course, this depends on us not playing games that provoke anger.
- Meet Young People
Some games take the social environment of the game to a whole new level. Ingress, for example, is a real game that helped our Alan Henry explore new places and get out of the real world to meet new people. Even if you don’t play one of those realistic games that is unpopular with the taxpayers we see, you can make friends in real life with this same interest, whether you’re attending a sports conference or just joining an online community of players. (Seriously, making friends is hard work, but video games can be very fun.)
- Be better at multi-tasking
Doing a lot of work is not good for our overall production, but you may be better at it, even if you are not a “big boss” of nature. Cognitive researcher Daphne Bavalier found that older people playing video games such as Call of Duty were better able to deal with visual and auditory disturbances at the same time.
- Learn how to restart and release
One thing that all video players can learn is the sadness of ending a favorite game or calling it quitting the one that no longer gives you that pleasure. Whether it’s World of Warcraft or Happy Bird, games force us to deal with the frustration of starting over or walking away. These are the same emotions we have to deal with at some point in real life — and video games can be a good habit of knowing when to stop normally.
- Get into a good workflow
You can also use video game rules to adjust your workflow: set time limits to create a sense of urgency, divide work into different “levels” or stages, and reward yourself for each level of progress. Video game music may be the best music you can listen to while working or studying and put you in that state of focused flow.
- Upgrade Your Lifetime
Whether you are a hardcore player or not, when you think of a life like a video game, it can be easy to improve your stamina and achieve some of your goals. Think of yourself as a character starting at level 1, work on your skills (yes, sometimes it will be grinding), and keep track of your progress. You can play with almost every aspect of your life and learn to use the best “winning” game