Do Video Games Make You Smarter?
As a hardcore gamer who has played thousands of hours of video games I want to know if I am smarter, because I play video games. I want to know the real answer behind the question, “Do Video Games Make You Smarter?” Gamers are often stereotyped as lazy, unmotivated, and portrayed as people who would rather sit on the couch with a controller than a book. While it’s true that there are individual gamers who do perpetuate this stereotype this article will point to numerous studies that prove that video games can make an individual smarter.
Playing Video Games Results in Faster Decisions that are Accurate
A study at the University of Rochester done by cognitive scientists have discovered that gamers will make the right decisions faster. According to the study, “develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn’t just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of general skills that can help with everyday activities like multitasking, driving, reading small print, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.”
An interesting outcome of this study was that they found that gamers who play action oriented video games were up to 25 percent faster at reaching a decision that was correct compared to those playing non-action oriented games. One of the authors of the study remarks that, “Action game players make more correct decisions per unit time. If you are a surgeon or you are in the middle of a battlefield, that can make all the difference.” Read More