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Surprising Benefits of Playing Video Games

  Both teens and adults enjoy playing video games. Whatever your interest, video games appear to have something for everyone, from fighting ...

 Benefits of Playing Video Games


Both teens and adults enjoy playing video games. Whatever your interest, video games appear to have something for everyone, from fighting games like Call of Duty to racing games like NFS. Young people are generally discouraged from playing video games by parents and teachers. What is the reason? Your vision can actually be improved by playing video games.


Playing video games can benefit your vision let's discuss: 

Visual acuity is improved

When vision is sharp and clear at a distance, we can see details, letters, and numbers clearly. Visual acuity tests are often administered by eye doctors. Numbers and letters are written on a board from a distance until they can't read them any longer. Seeing details from a distance will gradually diminish as we age. The eye muscles are challenged by video games, and this makes them more effective at improving visual acuity. Thus, a person who plays video games may be rewarded with better visual acuity test results than a person who does not play video games.


Peripheral vision is improved

Video games with first-person shooters frequently feature realistic arena settings. Some are in urban areas, rural areas, or post-apocalyptic settings. Making the backdrops of these games look realistic requires the designers of video games to jump through several hoops. Although the player may only be paying attention to the area where they are shooting, their brain is simultaneously taking in the entire screen, including the background. The user is forced to use their peripheral vision because the background's random objects move realistically (wind through trees, people walking along the street, etc.). Real-world activities like driving, straight-line walking, and being aware of your surroundings at night can all benefit greatly from this. It's acceptable to practise using your peripheral vision when playing video games because it's crucial.

Enhancement of greyscale vision

To play video games, most gamers use LED lights in their gaming room where Gray shades are fixed, so the ability to discriminate between them cannot be improved. Color contrast is dangerous if your visual sensitivity is low. When there's fog or smoke, driving at night can be dangerous. Playing video games, however, improves grayscale vision, according to studies. The brain can be retrained through certain games to improve greyscale clarity and beat low-vision. For people with contrast sensitivity, surgical or corrective lenses have been the main options. As part of their efforts to further improve the vision of low-vision players, video game developers are developing video games targeted at them.

Increased Dopamine Levels

If you've never engaged in first-person shooter gaming, you should be aware that it can send your emotions on an emotional roller coaster. In one hour of gaming, there would be numerous dramatic adrenaline spikes visible on a brain scan. According to Bavelier and her team, these adrenaline surges are triggering irregular brain releases of dopamine. Dopamine is referred to as the "happy hormone" since it improves mood. The participants are rewiring the connectors in their brains by making the brain release dopamine in response to visual signals. New connections are also made between the brain and the visual nerve. This implies that eyesight has improved as a result of the brain's increased ability to interpret visual inputs.

Improved Amblyopia

Children with amblyopia can improve their vision by playing video games, according to a recent study. In addition to weakness of the eye muscles, amblyopia is also referred to as "lazy eye." Affected eyes are less mobile and stronger than the others. In just 20 two-hour sessions, these games improved visual acuity by 30 percent for the players. Another group of participants wore eye patches during the same time period, but they did not play video games. If any results were observed, they were significantly less.

Long-Term Results

Like any healthy habit, playing video games has visual benefits that get better as you play them more frequently. Therefore, playing frequently can train your eyes to get better over time in the aforementioned five areas. Even if you continue to play well into your thirties and forties, it can still help to improve your vision for later in life. However, the effects will probably be more obvious in children's eyes because they are more pliable. Naturally, you don't want to overdo it and develop a case of digital eye strain, but you shouldn't completely give up playing video games just yet.


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