Nearly three-quarters of gamers are certain that video games have improved their lives.
A recent survey of 2,000 American gamers revealed how video games are more than just hobbies—72% of respondents attested to the positive impact of the pastime on various aspects of daily life.
Sixty-eight percent credit games for enhancing relaxation, and 67% say they improve problem-solving skills. More than six in ten believe they also sharpen critical thinking and enhance better hand-eye coordination.
38% of respondents said gaming helps them with the ‘soft skill’ of cooperating with others.
More than two-thirds (68%) could feel their moods change when playing video games—with 51% feeling more relaxed, 27% feeling happier and 19% feeling sharper.
“Research reinforces video games are far more than entertainment; they’re a powerful force for personal growth and positive change,” said Amir Coifman, general manager of Solitaire Grand Harvest.
“Our goal is to meticulously craft immersive experiences to offer relaxation, challenge problem-solving skills and foster community, allowing players to become better versions of themselves.”
10 THINGS THAT GAMING MAY HELP WITH:
- Relaxing – 68%
- Problem-solving – 67%
- Critical thinking skills – 62%
- Hand-eye coordination – 61%
- Cooperating with others – 38%
- Playing sports – 19%
- Driving – 17%
- Cooking – 16%
- Physics – 14%
- Surviving the apocalypse – 14%
What are the positives and negatives of video games?
Video games can be used to help improve test scores, teach life and job skills, improve brain function, and encourage physical exercise. Because video game addiction can negatively impact social and physical health, parents should be aware of the symptoms. Kids have been wild about video games for decades.
Past research involving children found that those who played more video games were more likely to have good social skills, perform better academically, and to have built better relationships with other students because of the social and collaborative component to some types of games.
However, the benefits of videogames include improved powers of concentration, creativity, memory, languages and teamwork. Videogames can make it easier to learn educational contents and develop cognitive skills.