Another Study Suggests Video Games Are A Healthy Activity
from the again-and-again dept
While it’s usually the studies about how video games are dangerous that score all the headlines, there have been just about an equal number of studies suggesting that there are benefits to video games as well. In the past, we’ve pointed to studies suggesting that video games can improve your health and visual skills. We’ve also seen studies suggesting that video games are good for kids in challenging them to think and can even be more intellectually stimulating than school. There are also studies suggesting that video games are good in the workplace, as they encourage brain stimulation during breaks and can also encourage teamwork. Related to that, are studies suggesting video games can help make people better strategic business thinkers or better stock traders.
Jon writes in to point out the latest study which suggests that video games are good for people as they help give them a sense of achievement, fulfilling some “deep psychological needs.” Of course, these studies pretty much come with as much bias as the studies suggesting video games are all bad. The fact is a game is a game — it all depends on the person playing the game and how it’s used. The fact that the researchers behind this latest study even admit that they were just trying to “normalize” the discussion could raise questions about how objective they were as well. It also raises some questions when they suggest that there have been no other studies showing benefits to video gaming, considering all the others ones we’ve linked to. The real point, though, is that video games alone are unlikely to be good or bad — and any study claiming one or the other is probably got some problems.