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Computer games hold a bad rep, especially for parents. They associate gaming with being antisocial, distracted and even causing violent behavior, but in fact, it’s quite the opposite.

Computer Games are Good for Kids

Video games can be not only good, but healthy for your children. Here’s proof if you need it.

Improves sibling relationships

We all know that at a certain age, if you have siblings, there’s a time where you don’t get on. You’re constantly getting under each other’s feet which results in endless arguments over absolutely nothing. Well, playing video games together works as a bonding moment, regardless of whether they’re working as a team, or fighting against one another – they’re both sharing the experience, and by the time they’re done, they will have forgotten why they were arguing in the first place.

Treats depression, anxiety and other mental disorders

Playing games can drastically improve someone’s mental health. This is because it creates a virtual reality to escape to when times get hard, almost acting like a therapy. There are two parts of the brain that are positively affected through gaming, the rewards pathway system, and the hippocampus. These two parts are also where depression resides in.

The act of sitting in a comfortable computer gaming chair, and being pulled into this other world gives a real sense of optimism, and makes us believe more in our abilities, as well as the opportunities that are waiting for us. And feelings like this make everything so much better.   

Improves eyesight

A lot of people think that playing video games will affect your vision in the future – and it does, but not at all in a negative way. Playing will help train the eye to notice very subtle changes, like in colors, shades, and brightness. This will all benefit you in the future with things like driving at night, and reading better. Studies have shown that in some cases, playing high action games can help children with dyslexia because they are forced to read quickly in order to complete the actions required in the game.

Improves various brain functions

Video games work as a stimulant in your brain, and while doing this, can actually train your muscles and increase brain flexibility which is very important when having to make decisions. When gaming, you’re required to think fast, while evaluating the situation and the possible outcome. By doing this, you’re essentially training your brain for real life situations. You will also increase your hand-eye coordination, the ability to focus, and tough decision making.

Creates social opportunities

For some reason, people think that playing games is antisocial, or even being a ‘loner.’ But in fact, your child may be interacting with tons more people than they ever would outside. The great thing about video games is that you can connect with like-minded people from all over the world and play with them, and communicate with them. Some end up being life long friends. One of the beautiful things is that it doesn’t matter what you look like – there’s no judging, because you don’t see one another. There’s just a voice tied to the username ‘FreeKing0m007′.