Parents may not understand why kids of this generation are so much attached to video gaming. They see it as a tool in wasting your time and making you dull without the tiniest bit of knowledge on what is going around you and sometimes even makes a teenager forget their homework. But let us try to look at the bright side of video games. Psychologist studied that there might be an impact of video games to those individuals who are aging and wanted to prevent memory loss and suffer Alzheimer’s disease. Let me elaborate further.
1. It challenges the mind. Studies showed that playing video games at least two hours every week helps the slowing down process of mind aging. That is because video game challenges the mind to be able to think of a solution in every mind-boggling problem. One study at the University of Iowa in Iowa City proved that those people, especially the ones who are on the aging process, who played 10 hours of a video game that focused on improving the speed and quality of mental processing abilities were able to delay the natural decline of cognitive skills up to 7 years.
2. Improves processing speed. An older person is already starting to have impaired visions that the brain could not interpret. Because as we get older, we tend to have tunnel vision and are less aware of peripherals. Playing video games widens a person’s field of view. Playing video games need to have a keen observation and attention to details while trying to gain speed to beat the time and the distractions everywhere. This is a very healthy exercise for the brain, the eyes, and the hands. Rapid coordination is important while playing. And while you are in a state of concentration, your mind is also working thus slowing mental decay for older people.
3. Enhances not just mental but a wide range of physical attributes. There are games that require physical activities of both mind and body. The memory, problem-solving skill, ability, and speed may sometime require a game played by multiplayers. Unaware of what health contributions he is doing, a player may just happen to be exercising to stay young and be in good shape while glaring at that big wide screen playing a video game. And since staying fit is staying young, the mind also stays young far behind from aging.
Aging deteriorates brain functions that cause brain to decay. Without anything that can stimulate the brain to think and do its work, it will become stagnant and useless. Playing a video game is like waking the brain up from a very deep sleep. It causes activity to once more dominate it thus reverse its deteriorating functions such as memory, reasoning, and visual processing. If you just keep the brain working, the decline of it being decayed can be avoided.