Can Gaming Be Good For You?

Today, gaming has taken off in a huge way – to the point that many young people are getting their social needs met through online gaming rather than playing out with other children.  In some ways, this can be a concern for parents, yet there’s research to suggest that gaming can be good for you.

Of course, as with anything, moderation is a critical element – in the sense that overindulgence in anything can be unhealthy… just like how watching too much TV can zombie us out, yet research has shown that a little bit of gaming a day can actually be good for you.

In this article we’re therefore going to look at how videogames can be good for you, as today, the days of playing Mario Kart, sitting alone in your room are mostly gone.  Today, games are connecting people. They are also expanding us as individuals… as many games involve a large component of strategy which enhance cognitive and creative ability.

Indeed, many companies are focusing on the gamification of education as a way to enhance the learning experience.  For instance, language learning with apps like Duolingo or brain training games that help with memory, focus and cognition can be a very positive resource.

1. THE INFLUENCE OF VIDEO GAMES

If we look at games like Rollercoaster Tycoon or Candy Crush, few would argue these games are a dangerous social influence.  Whilst they might be considered to be the tool of choice for procrastinators to procrastinate, they can also be helpful in terms of one’s cognition.

Yet, when we look more toward action packed games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto we can see the reason some people consider these violent games to have a negative influence, particularly on young impressionable minds.  That said, some could argue that these games provide an effective channel to vent anger and decompress.

2. THE LONELY DAYS ARE GONE

The challenge with gaming is that it can turn into an addiction.  There’s nothing wrong with getting a gamer desk for computers, in fact this can make ergonomic sense, but there has to be moderation in terms of the amount of time spent sitting on your own in a room playing video games as this form of detachment and dissociation isn’t healthy… but in small doses, gaming has been proven to benefit a person’s mental and emotional health – as today, it’s much more of a social and collaborative experience than it once was.

Specifically, video games have been known to improve self-esteem, confidence, and intellect in terms of thinking strategically.  Today, as there are around 1.2 billion people playing video games throughout the world gaming has become a much more social affair than it once was – meaning there’s now an element of teamwork and friendship on offer.

3. THE CONCLUSION

The conclusion is that gaming can be good for you, in moderation, and depending on what games are being played.  We are living in a much more digital world to the point that everything is done online today, even dating, so in the “new world” perhaps we need to let go of the notion that gaming is intrinsically bad for us.

Ramsey Set To Join Juventus

Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has come to an agreement with Juventus on a five-year deal, it’s claimed. The Wales international is set to leave Arsenal after a new contract offer was withdrawn by the club, with Ramsey’s current deal expiring at the end of the season. The 28-year-old has been linked with a stream of top European clubs including Juventus and Bayern Munich. And now reports by Italian news outlet Mediaset say a five-year del worth around £6million a year has been agreed.

They add the deal is ’practically done’ and that an announcement could come in February, when Juventus are allowed to officially confirm it. Emery said after the Fulham game that he believes Ramsey will stay until the summer rather than be sold during the January window, and he again called on the midfielder to remain focused. “I want his focus every day with us on training and thinking for the next match, which is against Blackpool,” Emery said. “I am looking at him and he’s very concentrated with us now. On Tuesday, he scored when he played 15 minutes, and he gave a good performance. “I want that from him, and also he needs to look at his future. But I want him in the present with us. At the end of the season is the moment he can go to one team or another team.”

Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth believes Emery will keep picking Aaron Ramsey for Arsenal – despite him being on the way out. Sheth said: “The structure that’s in place at Arsenal – there’s people at Arsenal above Unai Emery who deal with all the contracts and who deals with the players. “Emery sees it as a 25-man squad and sees it as ‘right, this is the squad I have available for this game, what is the best team I can pick for this game?’ “He doesn’t think about a contract situation. The only time that a contract situation over Aaron Ramsey would come about is if Ramsey is actually being affected by all the talk and whether he’s going to leave or not. “Every time I see him score he doesn’t look like a player who is unhappy.”

Food Review #265

McDonalds Big Spicy Chicken Wrap (With Wheat Tortilla) – they changed it from a flour tortilla, the rest is mostly the same. But – the veggies inside seem all fresh and healthy! What the hell McDonald’s? LOL, just kidding. Even with the change, this one is my fav from their menu.