Gaming Is Not Just Fun; It Makes You Smarter

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Gaming has had a bad rap as taking up time when you could be doing anything else that is productive. But, recent studies show that gaming uses parts of your brain that you would ordinarily not be using, and it makes you smarter in creative areas. Transference of gaming skills to other areas of life put gamers a step ahead of the non-gaming pack.

1/9 Gaming Skills Transfer to Other Areas of Life


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Gaming has had a bad rap as taking up time when you could be doing anything else that is productive. But, recent studies show that gaming uses parts of your brain that you would ordinarily not be using, and it makes you smarter in creative areas. Transference of gaming skills to other areas of life put gamers a step ahead of the non-gaming pack.

Gaming also helps you learn to make decisions quickly by analyzing information faster and improves your hand-eye coordination. Gaming also helps you become a better leader, manager, and improves your ability to identify reasons for failure and helps you to formulate new strategies to overcome failure.

2/9 Surgeons Perform Better If They Are Gamers

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Surgeons who are used to using hand-eye coordination in video games are much better at performing laparoscopic surgeries. Gamers have impressive hand-eye coordination and the skill transfers to the operating room. You might want to quiz your surgeon to find out if gaming is a favorite activity.  Laparoscopic surgeries are done by watching a video screen and maneuvering the surgical tools through a minimally invasive incision.

3/9 Better Long Term Memory

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Gaming improves long term memory and the ability to focus. People who do not use their brains on a regular basis often are more forgetful and unable to remember. If you are forgetting where you put your keys or someone’s name, you might want to start playing games.

Don’t worry if people think you are returning to your childhood a little too soon; it will work in your favor to prevent dementia and memory loss as you age.

4/9 Gaming Improves Multitasking Skills


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Three dimensional games that require you to use both hands, focus on maneuvering an avatar, and watch for things that pop up on the screen use a mixture of cognitive skills that transfer to real life multitasking. The ability to switch from one task to another is essential for working on the job and gaming helps improve this ability.

The abilities remain with the gamer for six months after stopping game play. The more you play games, the more likely you will be able to multitask into your golden years.

5/9 Gaming Improves Response Time



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Quick Response reflexes and the ability to think fast on your feet is improved if you are a gamer. Gaming improves your ability to spout a quick witty reply. Because you are actively listening to the other person and filtering out responses quickly to get the intended reaction, gaming skills transfer to this activity.

Gamers must think fast and react quickly to get the desired response on the game, and a laugh is the desired response in real life. Filtering out responses that are not funny in a short amount of time is the needed skill in real life, and gaming is a way to practice thinking quickly.  

6/9 Intuition

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Gamers are often found to have the ability to know things quickly as a heightened sense of intuition. Use of the gut feeling in gaming to be able to act quickly on the knowledge provided within the game transfers to real life. Intuition can be described as a flash of insight.

While you are gaming, your subconscious mind is busy working on problems that you are not thinking about, and you may just quickly have this flash of insight in an instant that solves the problem you have not been actively thinking about. Gamers tend to have a strong sense of intuition.

7/9 Improve Your Vision


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If your eyes have been out of focus, it is best to play video games because visual acuity improves with repeated game play. People suffering from cataracts who play video games have better vision when playing a fast-paced video game repeatedly.

People who are playing games have higher amounts of dopamine and adrenaline produced, and this may make the brain more plastic and pliable. The more pliable the brain, the more flexible and changeable it is for improvements to be made.

8/9 Concentration


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Concentration is something that is not taught, but it can be a learned behavior. Distractions are everywhere! Overcoming these distractions use the power of concentration. Those who have the ability to focus for an extended period of time are in the zone or in the flow. Gamers have a tendency to be able to concentrate like this and tune everything else out. Those who are able to focus are more likely to meet their goals and be successful.

Concentration increases with practice, and practicing while playing games is both fun and beneficial to real life abilities. Transferring the ability to concentrate to your work or study skills helps make you smarter.

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