There are some who call themselves ‘technophobes’. What they essentially mean is that they are afraid of technology, or that they do not know how to use it properly. However, underlying is the belief that technology is somehow degrading to somebody’s life, and that it is probably a negative influence in many ways. However, recent evidence seems to have put paid to this belief, and may yet convince the ‘technophobes’ to jump on the bandwagon of those who love technology, and particularly video games.
This is because much of the scientific evidence that is now being published suggests that, in fact, gaming can be a positive influence on health in a number of ways. Take cognitive health. Playing games can literally make your brain bigger! MRI scans have shown that gaming can increase grey matter in certain areas of your brain, such as the areas associated with planning and motor skills. Likewise, playing particular types of video games, particularly platform games, may improve memory, and studies suggest that gaming can help to improve attention and concentration, even in those who have recognized attention disorders such as ADHD.
Gaming has also been used in healthcare to treat a number of conditions, such as PTSD, memory loss and dementia and Parkinson’s disease. For example, studies have suggested that games can help veterans manage the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder more effectively than other forms of treatment.
Gaming may even be able to help you get into shape. The development of Exergaming, which is exemplified by the Nintendo Wii and games that you use your body to control, has meant that the boundaries between gaming and exercise have now began to blur, and that some, even the National Institute of Health, are even hopeful that gaming can help to alleviate the veritable epidemic of obesity in our society and could even replace traditional gyms in the next couple of decades.
To find out more about the health and wellbeing benefits of gaming, check out the infographic below from Computer Planet.