The traditional parents are often stuck with the wrong belief of gaming as an unproductive source of leisure or social activity; how gaming has loosen up our learning skills and the turmoil it caused on our brain cells, at least not all of the common folks had this in mind. Gaming both has its rise and fall, yet noticeably, a larger demographic from our parents’ generation (majority are the average type who hasn’t even tried PlayStations, or gaming consoles in their entire life because these weren’t develop back when they were at your age) picks the one that would strongly oppose to the favorable sides of video games. To shed some light to this existing suppression against the gaming culture, here are a few bullet points you can let your parents be reminded with:
What life skills can video games teach us?
1. It strengthens attention span
My longest attention span runs for like five minutes then I’m lost in the zone. Every video game is designed with entertaining and complex obstacles for a player to beat; thus, inviting their senses to focus more on what they’re attempting to score. Education professor, James Gee at the University of Wisconsin in Madison once quoted:
“Kids diagnosed with ADHD because they can’t pay attention will play games for 9 straight hours on the computer. The game focuses attention in a way that school doesn’t.”
2. Reading skills are improved
I have to admit, I do a lot of selective reading when I play the Lucas Pope’s Papers Please and Robin Ras’ Rusty Lake, both game requires an extensive reading so as to avoid missing the important details— one of the vital part in playing video games. This may not as applicable as you think it is on young adults but it still contributes something to kids who isn’t into reading when they’re told to especially in school, but will encourage them to do so once they’re in the game.
3. Enhanced visual abilities
Among my favorite games that involves visual senses is Monument Valley— this is by far an effective stimulator in solving mazes and optical illusions which are aesthetically eye-friendly by the way. As cited by a neuroscientist Daphne Bavelier from University of Rochester in New York:
“Above and beyond the fact that action video games can be beneficial, our findings are surprising because they show that the learning induced by video game playing occurs quite fast and generalizes outside the gaming experience.”
In line with the researchers’ study, it supports players to keep track of more items at a time or locate objects with their acquired visual skills than they used to.
These are only crumbs of how video games can teach us in a different perspective. On the good side, indulging to this social activity pulls closer a tight parents-to-children relationship, the acceptance, and the trust they need that is hardly earned from kids these days.