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  • Video games are more popular than ever.

  • Games like Fortnight have gone completely mainstream, and now almost everybody considers themselves a gamer.

  • In the past, video games have been looked down.

  • They have been accused of causing habits of violence or addictive behaviors.

  • But what about the benefits of playing video games?

  • Here are some reasons you might want to game hard in 2019.

  • One, video games are linked with emotional stability.

  • Here at Psych2Go, we're all about helping and educating others on everything related to psychology, and emotional stability is a huge part of that.

  • A 2012 study suggested that immersive games in particular, appear to be the most beneficial.

  • Because they allowed gamers to try out different versions of themselves.

  • Games like Red Dead Redemption 2 are so immersive that people can go anywhere and do anything.

  • We're allowed to explore our own personalities and see what fits best with our ideal selves.

  • And according to research, this helps a lot with emotional stability.

  • Three, video games improved Visuomotor coordination.

  • You might have heard previously that video games improve hand-eye coordination, it's true.

  • In fact, a recent study found that video games improve all Visuomotor coordination which is when vision and movement work together to produce actions.

  • For example, in First-Person Shooters, gamers must aim quickly and accurately at small targets.

  • In driving games, we make small steering adjustments at high speeds.

  • When we boost our Visuomotor coordination, we get better at all kinds of tasks; including walking, driving, sports and even basic tasks, like getting dressed in the morning.

  • Four, playing certain video games boost social skills.

  • We all know that in 2019, some of the best video games are the ones we can play online with our friends.

  • But until recently, no one really considered the benefits of these games.

  • In 2014, a very interesting study was published on the subject, which proposed that immersive social video games help gamers develop pro-social skills.

  • In these games, you have to figure out who you can trust, who to make friends with and how to lead a group.

  • And yes, those skills can definitely be transferred from the game world in to the real world.

  • Five, video games are linked with better vision.

  • We've been told that staring at a screen all day is bad for our eyes, but what if video games actually improve our vision?

  • There have been quite a few studies on this.

  • Games can boost visual contrast sensitivity, which is basically the ability to distinguish between different shades of gray.

  • One study even found that video game treatments can cure a lazy eye, which is also known as amblyopia.

  • That being said, don't stare at a screen all day playing video games with the excuse of trying to improve your eyesight.

  • Six, video games might help with dementia.

  • Almost everyone's a little fearful of getting old, and one big reason is dementia.

  • Once again, it's video games to the rescue.

  • A 2016 study found that playing video games helped older patients restore their cognitive functions.

  • This included benefits like improving walking abilities, better moods and better social interactions with friends and family.

  • Seven, video games can help teens blow off steam.

  • Being a teen isn't easy and most of us remember having a lot of pent up emotions during this time.

  • If anybody needs to blow off some steam, it's your average teenager.

  • And according to a 2007 study, video games are a great way to do that.

  • The study found that teens were relieving a lot of stress by playing video games.

  • So instead of causing aggression, video games might actually be helping teens vent by getting aggressive in the game world instead of the real world.

  • To summarize this video, what's your favorite video game?

  • Comment below.

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