No, it’s not a joke. Gaming provides legitimate health benefits.
Gaming Stereotypes Notwithstanding…
Many people think of gamers as people who live in their parents’ house longer than they should. “They’re lazy“.
For those in the gaming community, especially in the professional gaming world, it’s a total joke. Gamers enjoy a bunch of health benefits once only thought to be acquired by those who play sports.
Pro gamers typically have to maintain 400-500 actions per minute in order to compete with the world’s best. Gaming sessions lasting just 15 minutes can result in a sweat-soaked, exhausted human being.
It should come as no surprise that gamers have an advantage when it comes to hand-eye coordination.
Just like their sports-playing counterparts, gamers consistently must train their brains to work with their bodies. It’s especially true for gamers who play fast-twitch games such as Call of Duty. In these games, winners and losers may be only separated by milliseconds.
Gamers who play adventure games are adept at solving puzzles. In fact, many games such as Zelda, Breath of the Wild, contain puzzles that most folks wouldn’t even recognize as puzzles.
The same can be said for strategy-based games. Gamers typically rank among some of the most intelligent and out-of-the-box thinkers around.
The folks at Computer Planet have this awesome infographic detailing the many health benefits of gaming. Check it out below:
Final Thoughts on The Health Benefits of Gaming
I happen to think it’s pretty amazing that studies are finally coming to terms with what gamers have known for a long time. While it’s still important to get out and be physical, there’s nothing wrong with spending a couple days gaming here and there.
Are you a gamer? What are your thoughts on gaming and the health benefits it provides? Are you a professional gamer? I’d love to hear what you have to say!
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