5 reasons why you should start playing videogames

Video games are often a hot topic in our society and today I have a breaking news for everyone: playing video games is actually good for you, especially for your brain.

It may be hard to believe because for years and years we always heard bad stories about video games and how they make teens violent, quick-tempered, lonely, lazy etc. However, several studies and scientific research have proved that video games can actually be good for your health. Here are 5 reasons why you may want to start playing video games:

1. Developing problem-solving skills

While playing a video game, from one level to another you’ll have to solve increasingly complicated problems and since you really want to go on, you’ll squeeze your brain to find the solution. With time this will help to improve your problem-solving skills in real life too. In many levels you also have a time limit in which you have to solve the problem, this will help in developing speed and decision-making skills.

2. Boosting creativity

In many videogames you have to create your own personal character with whom you will explore new worlds and universes, and sometimes you are even able to create and personalize your very own world by building it step by step. In a short time, you’ll have your own story for your characters and worlds. Even if you are not a creative person, playing these kinds of games will boost your creativity in real life too and it will increase your mental resources.

3. Increasing memory skills We all know that our brains need to stay active to work better and the immense quantity of data that you have to manage while playing a video game will keep your brain quite active. With time you’ll learn all the game’s schemes, various items and their functions and this will help in increasing your brain activity and memory skills. This could actually help your hippocampus to grow and you would also have a lower risk of developing illnesses like Alzheimer’s and senile dementia while getting older.

4. Distressing and pain relieving

While playing a video game you are totally focused on it and temporarily forget the real world. Sitting for at least 20 minutes playing a videogame will make your body release endorphins, the happiness hormones. These hormones help the body to get rid of physical pain and relieve stress, they can also trigger positive feelings in the body.

5. Improving social skills

Nowadays most video games give you the opportunity to play in multiplayer, you are able to create teams and alliances to work together with friends or other people. You can connect with people all over the world and even make new friends, this feature has created a new fun way to develop and improve social and cooperating skills.

Now we know that playing videogames is actually good for our health; however, spending too much time in front of a screen isn’t a healthy choice. After all, moderation is needed in everything we do and just because playing video games has many positive sides, it doesn’t mean we should spend too much time playing them.