Let’s try our own little informal research. Quick show of hands: Ever killed any zombies? Right. Now how many of you have robbed a liquor store and then been pursued by police in a high-speed chase or shootout? (If you have, please stop reading now and turn yourself in.)
Of course, scapegoating is always easier than determining the true cause of senseless acts. Video games have been a favorite target of those who would rather play the blame game than seek the actual motivation behind violence crimes.
So the question becomes, how can we determine the true cause of violent crime? According to several past studies, conclusions are often mixed or even contradictory from one report to the next, making it difficult to correlate violent video games to actual physical violence.
What does it all mean in layman terms? Basically, people who play videogames have better attention and coordination than non-video game players. But that’s just the start! Everyone loves lists, so here are some more benefits from playing video games.
Over the years, one of the things Pops and I have always enjoyed is to fire up the console or PC after a hard day’s work and play our cares away. In fact, science has demonstrated that gaming actually reduces the stress-related hormone “cortisol” in the brain! In case you didn’t know, cortisol is bad news, especially since it can suppress your body’s natural immune system and has been attributed to reduced bone formation.
If all that still isn’t enough reason to get your game on, video games have also been linked to fighting depression. So to recap, depending on which games you play, you can help yourself to relieve pressure, maintain better health overall, and potentially prevent depression, all by playing video games.
Don’t go too long without breaking up your gaming streaks with some sort of (real) physical activity. Go outside and break up your virtual routine with some actual action in meat space!
Now it’s time to go play a game, then run around the block and come back and tell us how you feel in the comments!