Can Video Games Make You Smarter?

Can Video Games Make You Smarter?


Video games provide a fun escape from reality;
though, they’re often portrayed as violent, lazy and a waste of time by some. The debate
has raged on for years – So are there any positive effects? Can video games actually
make you smarter? Video games provide a fun escape from reality; though, they’re often portrayed as violent, broccoli. Seriously, extremely high doses broccoli can actually be toxic. Heck even water toxicity exist. So if you binge and
do nothing but play video games, the risks probably outweigh any benefits. In fact, we
have an entire video devoted to what would happen if you stopped going outside, and the
negative effects of sitting – link in the description! Having said that, many studies have actually
shown increases in cognitive function after playing video games. One study in particular
had participants play Super Mario 64 for 30 minutes a day over 2 months. Afterwards, the
brains of these participants saw an increase of grey matter in areas associated with memory,
strategic planning, and fine motor skills of the hands, compared to those who had not
played. These are particularly encouraging results for mental disorders which cause these
brain regions to shrink; using video games as a therapy. Surprisingly, action games can also increase
attention to detail in individuals. Take a look at the following words on screen, and
yell out what colour the word is as fast as you can! So: green, blue, orange. Ok, now
try a bit faster without me. As we continue, it becomes more difficult because there is
a conflict between the word itself and its colour. Chances are, if you play more than
5-10 hours of action games a week, you’re able to solve these problems much more quickly.
This is because your brain is actually more efficient in the regions associated with attention. Of course, video games can also be incredibly
educational! And while you may not be playing some of your favourite games for this purpose,
there are certainly many games that are used as effective teaching tools for both young
and old. They may even help kids who suffer from dyslexia
read more effectively. In a small study, dyslexic children who played regular video games ended
up reading faster and more accurately – once again relating to improved attention skills.
Meanwhile, other studies have found improvements in eyesight. Not only can they see smaller
details more clearly, like tiny writing, but they have an easier time differentiating levels
of grey. Very practiced action gamers were 58% better at perceiving fine differences
in contrast. Which is important as this is one of the first things to diminish with age. Even in the elderly, improved memory and focus
is seen. More importantly, specially designed brain teasing video games have been shown
to slow the aging process of the brain by up to seven years. This is because they are
cognitively complex and require mental energy! Think you’re able to keep track of what’s
in front of your eyes? Keep an eye on the blue circle here. Eventually it will turn
yellow like all the others. I will then point to a circle, and you tell me if it was originally
blue. If you knew this ball wasn’t blue, then you’re a functioning human being. But lets
make it harder. Staring at the middle of the screen can help to keep track of the blue
circles. Was this circle originally blue? If you said no, you’d be right. One more time,
but with 5 blue circles. Was this one originally blue? Yup – it was. It turns out, the average
person can track about 3-4 objects, while a practiced action gamer can track around
6-7. Finally, as technology continues to transform
medicine, surgeries are being completed with the insertion of cameras and remote controlled
tools. And these surgeries have very clear parallels to video games, with a screen and
controlling device. Not surprisingly, young doctors with previous exposure to video games
show fewer errors and faster completion than those without. Of course, all of these skills are only useful
if you use them; which you can’t if all you do is play video games. So enjoy your down
time and relax with your games in moderation, but get out there and keep your life diverse
as well. Because that’s how you’ll win at the game of life. Got a burning question you want answered?
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83 thoughts on “Can Video Games Make You Smarter?

  1. I think that video games are a waist of time cause mostly your not doing nothing youst sitting in front of a computer or tv. im going to admit I play video games but only like 20 minutes every 2 or 3 weeks . but the only game I play is FIFA,MADDEN,NHL,2K. I only put attention 10%Video games 40% School and 50% Sports. So I like more hoing outside than staying inside.

  2. Wait everything is bad for you.i got an idea
    Yugioh is a card game where you use to much of your brain until it gets sore
    Beyblade is where you just stare at tops hit each other and get dizzy
    And you and me humans are bad for ourselves because we can't control anything in our lives and are bad at having a good life and is a bad influence

  3. Can U pls explain it slowly? I can't follow you because you're too fast, anyway, this channel is very informative, thanks for sharing!

  4. I played video games on the computer and in 4th grade and we went on the computers and the teacher said I was really advanced and the other kids couldn’t even move the mouse lol.

  5. Him: shout out the color
    Me: green
    Him:green
    Me:Blue
    Him:blue
    Me:yellow!!
    Him: orange
    Me: wut?
    (im slightly colorblind t yellows and reds lol)

  6. esports = fake news nothing but propaganda traditional/physical sports makes the best athletes in the world and esports does not even count at all i can see PewDiePie being in the NFL without any injuries at all and all sports is about getting hurt to learn from ones own mistakes it's the simplest thing possible and it's a fact >;(((

  7. My Asian parents: What useful life skills did you learn from video games? I bet non-

    Me: You didn't teach me English, neither did school, video games and watching video game content on the internet did. I learned history from video games, not from you or school. I learned how to socialize with people through games, not from you or school. I learned problem solving skills from video games, not from you or school. All you ever taught me is how to listen for footsteps and how to manipulate someone into calming down.

    Parents: …….you're grounded

    (I really want to say this but don't know if I should)

  8. I prefer Mathematics over video games to get those effects that you talked about in the video.I find it more fun.Yeah,I know I'm weird.

  9. Lessons of Minecraft
    71% learned elements
    66.21% learned machines
    60.4% learned survival skills
    60% learned dying skills
    56.1% learned calories of meat
    56% learned animals and mobs
    56% learned circle architecture
    56% learned exponents and roots
    49.21% learned gravity
    49% learned uses of different matters
    49% learned plants
    48% learned speed and distance
    44% learned biomes
    40% learned commands
    40% learned enchantments
    40% learned brewing
    39% learned completing tasks
    38.21% learned trades
    21% learned colors
    21% learned angles
    19% learned reaction time and agility
    10% learned scripting
    5% learned seeds
    3% learned mass
    THE RAREST AND NOONE CAN EVER SEE IT
    0.00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001% LEARNED HEROBRINE.

    Comment down below if you learned herobrine

  10. I THOUGHT AT 1:35 THATS 5-10 HOURS A WEEK. I THOUGHM A DAY FIRST, AND WAS LIKE: OO THATN IS MEE. OH WAIT HE SAID A WEEK!!! EHM MULTIPLY IT BY 7 THEN OK
    sorry for writing uin caps. just started writingeverything and then i saw oh it is in caps. Im too lazy to change. Even if this section was as longer then one sentences above. So it was acctully uselesds of me writing this instead of just editing. why am i still writing? I dont really know. If you have read this far. Have a great day! :DDD

  11. I have a question what happens to your body when you solve a rubiks cube ie. Does it increase your hand eye coordination does it help with problems please answer. Btw I love your channel.

  12. Me:
    plays resident evil 7 in VR

    also me: I did this so I’m now smart enough to know not to go to an abandoned house we’re your supposed dead girlfriend/boyfriend said she was.

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