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9 Everyday Skills Video Games Can Improve

Video Games Can Teach You Personal Accountability

Video Games Can Teach You Personal Accountability

The reward our brains feel when accomplishing something in a game teaches us to focus our own actions and helps us control the situations around us. Lessons like this are easily applied in the real world.

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Video Games Can Teach You Personal Accountability

The reward our brains feel when accomplishing something in a game teaches us to focus our own actions and helps us control the situations around us. Lessons like this are easily applied in the real world.

Video Games Are Now Used In Therapy

Researchers designed a game called SPARX to help treat depressed teenagers. The players had almost double the total recovery rate when compared to the conventional treatment group.

Video Games Can Help You Make Friends

Games that are popular or involve social mechanics can help with making friends by giving access to the community that forms around the shared experience. 

Gaming conventions, online multiplayer sessions, and competitions all help players meet new people and make friends with a common interest. 

Video Games Boost Reading Skills

Research indicates that playing fast-paced computer games can help the player read faster and more accurately. 

Video Games Improve Multi-Tasking

The intensive situation awareness and management needed when playing fast-paced first person shooters seem to improve gamers' ability to deal with visual and auditory distractions simultaneously.

Developing multi-tasking may help productivity in general. This will spill over to the real-world applications, at home, and in the workplace.

'Mario' Boosts Grey Matter

Research indicates that the brains of people who started playing Mario regularly had an increase in gray matter in areas responsible for memory, strategy, fine motor skills and spatial navigation.

Shoot 'Em Ups Improve Eyesight

Research found that shoot them up players had a boost in their ability to discern subtle changes in the brightness of the image, one of the first visual skills to diminish over time. 

The researchers believe that video games could be used in the future to help as an aid to correct bad eyesight. 

Video Games Improve Our Problem-Solving

Some games are educational or designed with problem-solving, critical thinking and reading comprehension built in. But it’s unclear if computer games improve general intelligence, although they seem to help teach and reinforce these new skills. 

Computer Games Help You 'Level-Up' In General

Treating life like a computer game could improve your general quality of life. If you think of yourself as a level 1 character you might be able to identify areas in need of improvement.

Work in those abilities and keep track of your progress. Gamify aspects of your life and use the strategies you've developed in games in real-life to hone your skills and reach your goals.

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The key to getting through it all is to remain steadfast and keep moving forward, no matter the difficulty. Procrastination certainly doesn't help; it'll still be waiting right where you left off. 

Sometimes it takes teamwork

If Team Fortess 2 has anything to teach, it's that even the motliest of crews can win the day when they work together toward a common goal.

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The interactivity of games is one way to exercise your mind while having fun. That’s important because, like muscles, the brain will atrophy if you don’t work it. 

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It’s possible that gaming enables stereotypically introspective individuals to be more social, ultimately improving social skills.

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