Why Video Games Are Good for Your Brain and Body

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Why Video Games Are Good for Your Brain and Body

They say video games aren’t good for you. They say they’re bad for your eyes, your
spine, and your social life. But hey, just show those head shakers this
video and prove to them that there are a lot of reasons why they’d be better off playing
video games! 1. Multitasking
There are dozens of different game genres, like races, strategies, and role-playing games,
to name a few. A player is changing missions constantly;
they get used to switching from one assignment to another. Their brain is always under stress, but it’s
not the bad kind of stress. They learn to grasp new information quickly;
the speed of their reaction grows, and they can do several tasks at the same time. Scientists from Rochester University proved
that gamers who spend at least one hour a day playing video games are more advanced
than their peers. Their strategic thinking is more developed;
they concentrate better; and they can find a solution quicker. 2. Seeing in darkness
Your parents must have told you that if you play too much you’ll ruin your eyes, or
at least have problems with your sight. Well, you can tell them that this myth is
out of date. If it was ever true before, modern monitors
and TVs made it obsolete. And now it’s quite the opposite: Games like
“Call of Duty” or “Quake” can improve night vision. How come? In these games, one has to notice the slightest
changes in the game field – moving shadows, dark shapes, and silhouettes. It gives you a better perception of shades
of grey, which makes it easier to see in the dark. 3. Healing problems with sight
Video games could even help improve the sight of people who have serious eye conditions. There are a lot of bright spots on the screen,
which train their sight to react to bright colors, and their visual acuity gets stronger. People with eye conditions used to wear special
glasses in which their stronger eye is covered, and the weaker one has to work for the 2 of
them. Now they’ve got a more efficient and interesting
alternative – to play special video games which train the eye. 4. A higher threshold for discomfort
Think you can only be a superhero in the virtual world? What about being immune to physical discomfort
in reality? Researchers have proved that people who have
to go through a painful treatment feel much better if they play video games during the
process. Even people with bad burns are 30-50% less
sensitive to it when they play. It’s not difficult to see where the effect
comes from. When the brain is involved in the game, it’s
too busy to send discomfort signals in full force. That’s why video games might become an anesthetic
of the 21st century. 5. Healing
Video games can not only distract from the discomfort, but also make for quicker healing. They’re widely used for people with hand
injuries. Scientists from Tel Aviv University have discovered
that patients who play games on a computer or a video game console recover their hands’
mobility much quicker than people who get a traditional treatment. Plus, it has no side effects like medicine
does. 6. Slower aging
Hey, what about playing video games to stay young forever? Well, forever is a bit of an exaggeration,
but who knows. 681 people over the age of 50 took part in
a study at Iowa University. During the experiment, they played video games
that were designed especially for them for at least 2 hours daily. As a result, they slowed the process of aging
by 7 years. Impressive, right? Psychologists say that any game would be useful. Its only task is to keep you thinking all
the time. Video games have the same effect on your brain
as physical exercise on your body, scientists say. 7. Better memory
The latest studies prove that the hippocamp – the part of the brain responsible for
memory – changes if you play 3D games. Your memory gets 12% better! Though it’s not quite clear why it happens,
scientists are looking for ways to use it to help people who have problems with memory. 8. Better coordination
Video games are great for hand-eye coordination. The influence is so substantial that they
use games to train surgeons. They use special simulators to learn precise
movements in a very small space. This way, surgeons can perform a difficult
operation in virtual reality before the real one, making the chances for success much higher. It’s also proved that games that require
quick actions improve mobility and reflexes. 9. Better cognitive processes
Playing your favorite video game helps you develop attention, diligence, and your perception
of reality. This is all thanks to critical thinking and
the many decisions you have to make during the game. This discovery is very important, since it
means that video games can help elderly people. Now you know that if your mind isn’t as
sharp as it used to be, you’d better go and play for a couple of hours for your health’s
sake! 10. Less stress
No one has thought of a better way to reduce stress than to wipe out thousands of your
enemies on an alien planet. Playing a video game and thinking about what’s
happening in a virtual world distracts you from the stresses and troubles of reality. A lot of people play Angry Birds to relax. So if you feel angry, leave the furniture
alone and throw that bird into the pigs! 11. Quicker decision making
In most games, you have to face moral dilemmas that make you weigh up the pros and cons and
make a decision that will affect the course of the game. To play some games, like strategies, you need
to think critically, or nothing will come of it. Studies show that the skills you get in the
games can be useful in real life –and at school too. 12. Help with reading disorders
Some people have serious difficulty reading and focusing, but those who play video games
can process information more easily. There are also special games that train them
to discern sounds and turn on the sleeping zones of the brain, which helps with concentration. 13. Leadership qualities
Some video games require that you behave as a leader, and gamers use these skills in real
life. They develop improvisation skills, and as
a result, react much faster to unexpected difficulties, and make better judgment calls
under pressure. 14. Research
A lot of games are based on true historical events, which allows the gamers to learn about
it without really trying. Children who play these games might show more
interest in history than their peers. 15. Communication
Online games help people get acquainted with each other, and make new friends who share
their interests. They could even meet offline and have fun
outside of the virtual world. But always use caution if meeting someone
for the first time. Kids should never talk to anyone online, or
give out any information, without the permission of their parents. 16. Physical exercises
“Wii Sports” and other similar games give your body the same amount of exercise as walking
at a speed of 3 miles per hour. Some gyms use virtual reality for their work-outs
too, and it’s a more efficient and exciting way of training. Have you ever tried working out this way? Bottom Line: The main advice with video games
is to not overdo it. Moderation is the key, you know; your parents
were right about that one. So don’t forget to get out sometimes. No matter how great and elaborate the virtual
world is, there’s still a real life to live. And it might be more interesting than game
designers could ever imagine! Hey, if you learned something new today, then
give the video a like and share it with a friend! And here are some other cool videos I think
you’ll enjoy. Just click to the left or right, and stay
on the Bright Side of life!


BRIGHT SIDE · November 10, 2019 at 11:11 am

Hey BrightSiders! What was your longest gaming session? 🎮

Aether CTRLiii · November 10, 2019 at 2:42 pm

Thank you bright side for providing such a cool video but unfortunately my mom won't agree to this 😔

Ehtesham Malik · November 10, 2019 at 3:07 pm

I play atleast 2 hours lol!

Brutal game · November 10, 2019 at 3:11 pm

that true though :/

FlameDragon HQ · November 10, 2019 at 3:14 pm

I was bout to show my parents this vid but it told " dont overdo video Games " i was like.. Nah they might even take my phone away

Mr ÇJ · November 10, 2019 at 3:28 pm

00:00 seen the thumbnail of this videos
00:01 on my gaming desk.

Katrige · November 10, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Now the next thing to do is show this video to your parents
Am I right??

Zain Kammurddin · November 10, 2019 at 3:39 pm

Hey guys this comment is different. I want DISLIKES so if you dislike your awesome!

Mohamed Minhaj · November 10, 2019 at 3:41 pm

I learned history from assassin's creed series

Azz Azz · November 10, 2019 at 4:08 pm

(Platform games)

COD'zZ · November 10, 2019 at 4:14 pm

finally a thing to show my angry father who never lets me play any games not even educational games

thx bright side

Aryan and anish Peram · November 10, 2019 at 4:29 pm

I don't trust you they really are not good for you

Dracule Mihawk · November 10, 2019 at 4:40 pm

Hmmm that's not what my mum said

mani safaei · November 10, 2019 at 5:05 pm

you know my country language is not english
and my mom can’t watch this video
thats sucks 😭😭

Smith Bros. · November 10, 2019 at 5:31 pm

But getting along and your spine

Smith Bros. · November 10, 2019 at 5:33 pm

But there is injury’s to games

Smith Bros. · November 10, 2019 at 5:35 pm

But after you are done you are done you know nothing to do after you are done

GAMER CAB · November 10, 2019 at 5:36 pm


Barny Buff Dino · November 10, 2019 at 6:43 pm

I told you mum

Scripted Legacies YT · November 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Teacher: video games are not good for you.
Me after watch this video: I'm about to end dis man's whole career

Raiyan Ahmed · November 10, 2019 at 8:26 pm

I can show it to amuse my mom.

Rakib is bd · November 10, 2019 at 8:49 pm

Mom : Stop playing games its bad for you
Me : shows video*
Mom : You fool the guy who made the video is a gamer , they are making you play games and not study so they become intelligent and not you
me : But….
Mom : No buts go and study
Me : But …
Mom : >:(

krismudoodle · November 10, 2019 at 9:18 pm

The longest ive every played:48 hrs

CowboyTaco Employee · November 10, 2019 at 9:34 pm

#7 better memorization in 3D games

3D games?

better memorization?

me:Oh I get it play minecraft!

I have a like but why is it blue?

Akis Makris · November 10, 2019 at 11:08 pm

At last my brothers and sisters, vindication for all the gamers worldwide 😊😊👌👌

Sethypros Gaming · November 11, 2019 at 12:39 am

My mom will think this is fake.

Harry BOI · November 11, 2019 at 1:12 am

Idk why but i just felt happy the entire time while watching this

Akato Furisukai · November 11, 2019 at 1:36 am

I been gaming since I was born . I had a toy that looked like a old PC it had 3 games. a puzzle , tetris , and the ksdt was just for fun and no logic . it was a war with aliens.

this toy was smaller then the phones today and I still have it tho it's broken. only 1 of the 3 games work

so ye been a game since the day I was able to open my eyes and look at this cruel world .

I like the virtual world better

Mr 100 · November 11, 2019 at 2:52 am

People who plays video games school average: 70s-80s

Me (barely plays during school times only in summer and vacations) school average:95

Mr 100 · November 11, 2019 at 2:52 am

I get smarter without playing video games

Lily Nguyen · November 11, 2019 at 2:52 am

Who else watched this for an excuse to play video games instead of cleaning your room?😂

Mr 100 · November 11, 2019 at 2:54 am

3 grade-5th grade average 90-92 (play games).6th grade-7th grade 92-96 (doesn't play games). Well

Vidura Mathuranage · November 11, 2019 at 3:22 am

Time to show this video to mom

Pumabomb56 · November 11, 2019 at 3:28 am

Show this to your parents and if that doesn’t do the trick and they deny that it’s true just say:

“Ok boomer”

Dark Zeg · November 11, 2019 at 4:02 am

I went to the eyeglass doctors and I'm wearing glasses since like 1 or 2 years ago, and I'm a gamer when I went to the eyeglass place my far sight only went up by 0.0000004 how precise those doctors are

Cyber Athletiks · November 11, 2019 at 4:23 am

This is great! Thanks for making this. I wrote my own post about it on my site and came up with what I consider the top 10 benefits for gaming & esports:
1. Health

2. Hand-eye coordination

3. Critical thinking

4. Problem Solving

5. Increased memory capacity

6. Scholarships

7. High school esports

8. Money for schools

9. Pathway for industry jobs

10. Job skills

STG StoneTowerGames · November 11, 2019 at 4:34 am

Dam guys wii sports ? A bit outdated! Ahahaha should have been VR games

kidus Abebe · November 11, 2019 at 5:05 am

My parents need to see this

NIK · November 11, 2019 at 6:04 am

This must be funded by video games. No real doctor would tell you sitting in front of a screen will help your eyes. Sitting also is horrible for your posture and organs.

This is ridiculous.

Whom want Yeezy · November 11, 2019 at 6:07 am

Me:*shows this video to my mom*

My mom:*trying to come up with an idea to say it’s still bad*

Nöblayy · November 11, 2019 at 8:05 am

Ok zoomer

xXPizza ParkerXx · November 11, 2019 at 8:50 am

C'mere, watch this video

GD Lucc Lucc · November 11, 2019 at 9:52 am

Yo…. Gamers RISE
Yeet yeet yeet 👌

Roblox GAMERz · November 11, 2019 at 10:42 am

Bright side:who doesn’t love games.
Me:parents of course

Black Hole · November 11, 2019 at 11:10 am

So you mean brutal games like GTA and friday 13th are good games for us like kids

WNBT TV · November 11, 2019 at 11:21 am

Minecraft:good for memory
Do you remember the crafting recipe or how to prepare for ender dragon?

Anja Bojčevska · November 11, 2019 at 11:58 am

5:13 ¿
#10 Lesstress

Ayesha / Erika · November 11, 2019 at 12:33 pm

If I show this to my parents they won’t believe it

JEAGER · November 11, 2019 at 12:44 pm

Play video games but not play perve games that may affect ur behaviors

blueplanegamer -GAMES · November 11, 2019 at 1:46 pm

How about when you rage

Abby the Power Being · November 11, 2019 at 3:57 pm

the difference between liars that tell you facts that are lies is some people in the comment section wwill be like "thats never happened for me " while people who say real facts you relate much more

3xtra Sw33t · November 11, 2019 at 6:12 pm


King Comiskey · November 11, 2019 at 6:24 pm

ok boomer

Misaka Mikoto · November 11, 2019 at 6:37 pm

Hentai games, good for your brain, good for your meat.

Matthew Dabrowski · November 11, 2019 at 6:41 pm

I play so much video games and my memory is terrible. ;-;

Fire Zambia · November 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Showed my mom this Video

Instantly got told to go outside to play


clappyy ios · November 11, 2019 at 7:36 pm

Show those head shakers this videos

Me: shows Boomer

:Boomer this is some lies

sTaTiiCfazy 7 · November 11, 2019 at 7:40 pm


call me gta player dahreeso · November 11, 2019 at 8:12 pm

Wait you mean video game is good for ur Brain okay we can play allday and not going school

Blaze Assault · November 11, 2019 at 8:49 pm

Sending this to my mom

Darooo Sakaaa · November 11, 2019 at 9:08 pm

Me:Mom why can't you let me play games?
Mom:Because why not?
Me:Watch this video
Mom:No wonder you remember almost everything that i do!

ZIM xSHARKx · November 11, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Ok Boomer

Samuel Alcano · November 11, 2019 at 9:52 pm

My dad said if I dont play video games for 3 days I do better in tests

Gets 70%

Adrienn Balogh · November 11, 2019 at 11:02 pm

sorry but this is not tue that playing video games good for you

Kevin Heckmann · November 12, 2019 at 12:31 am

prove the boomers are wrong

Rahma B. · November 12, 2019 at 12:56 am

Take that Mom And Dad😛

Carlos Jimenez · November 12, 2019 at 1:22 am


Sauce - Road to 100 Subs · November 12, 2019 at 2:07 am

Whoever the are?

Trey The Legendary Gamer · November 12, 2019 at 2:21 am

Does Fortnite and roblox help you

Foxy Animates · November 12, 2019 at 4:22 am

The only way they are bad for your eyes is because of the blue light admitted from a electrinic device gives witch actually have a vary weak effect

Panda Panda · November 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

Time to show this video to my mom!

Jas Kids · November 12, 2019 at 8:25 am

Finally! A Bright Side video I can agree on!

Jas Kids · November 12, 2019 at 8:26 am

JuSt LiKe ThE sImUlAtIoNs.

• Crunchx • · November 12, 2019 at 1:44 pm

But everyday i play roblox

Anurag singj · November 12, 2019 at 3:40 pm

he knows bro when I play games it's like I forget that I have fever and I lose it.

MAMTA SHUKLA · November 12, 2019 at 4:23 pm

0:03 you said "whoever they are" but display is " whoever the are"

De-Bull Gaming · November 12, 2019 at 4:32 pm

This was the first video of my life from which i had learnt something today.
I will share this video to every gamer to as many as can.

Bti Hauchhum · November 12, 2019 at 4:37 pm

Games a too easy for me😎

Elim Garcia Izaguirre · November 12, 2019 at 8:33 pm

Play Fortnite Minecraft and Roblox

ɥɐǝʎ ɥɐǝʎ ɥo · November 13, 2019 at 12:47 am


David Lawes · November 13, 2019 at 1:20 am

I can see in the dark

Gyandeep Khanal · November 13, 2019 at 5:45 am

Just got motivated😂😂

Keval Patel · November 13, 2019 at 11:46 am

The dislikes on this video are ONLY form the parents that are proven wrong

konstak05 · November 13, 2019 at 12:39 pm


me:i see more at dark mum

Akhdan Hanif · November 13, 2019 at 8:30 pm

2:46 SAO will come to life!

Keith Reid · November 13, 2019 at 11:57 pm

I shall show mommy

Blitz Angel · November 14, 2019 at 12:39 pm

I am gamer myself and I find this video very motivating
I wish my parents see this as a good thing
Thank you bright side

KING FROST GAMING · November 14, 2019 at 4:13 pm

Sometimes we gamers play games because of the problem we're facing and we want to forget about it by playing games.
Sometimes we're depressed because of family problems,
Schools and bullying
And the easy way to forget it by facing the computer monitor for an hour

Sa 19 12 2009 · November 15, 2019 at 4:24 am

Are you sure what ya were saying in the video!

Sa 19 12 2009 · November 15, 2019 at 4:25 am

Can you make a video about the opposite like why video games are bad for are brain please

Grace Alcid · November 15, 2019 at 4:38 pm

told you mom

Kobe O’Sullivan · November 15, 2019 at 9:22 pm

Showing this to my mum now

Nili Nili · November 15, 2019 at 9:45 pm

Bro i played call of duty for 6 years cuz i liked the zombie mode

sheah exziz · November 16, 2019 at 6:20 am

Good video

Rumki Gangopadhyay · November 16, 2019 at 2:47 pm

Who plays cod mobile. Like if you play

Rumki Gangopadhyay · November 16, 2019 at 2:47 pm

Really multitasking
Watching while writing comments

Fxith · November 16, 2019 at 8:30 pm

See boomers?

Blevz The Blevz · November 17, 2019 at 11:06 am

Finally, a good freaking video.

Andrej Vuksanović · November 17, 2019 at 9:45 pm

GTA cheats are good for memory🤣

Sims 3 Forever Dude · November 18, 2019 at 6:43 am

As much as I am an avid gamer, I also enjoy going outside and walking in the woods, or going hiking, camping, and fishing. It's fun to do both.

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