Gaming has moved on through the years at a rapid pace, around 40 years ago the pinnacle of technology was playing Pong, Magnavox brought something into our homes that has changed the face of childhood, and in some cases adulthood, forever. Since that release over 200 consoles have graced our paths, and in 2016 there were over 2.8 billion monthly active users of mobile games and even mobile casinos for real money. Showing exactly how far we’ve come in technology – but perhaps also in the perception of gamers and gaming. Where once there was a mother who told her children that gaming for too long makes them lazy, or is a waste of time, it is highly likely that same mother is now sitting playing Candy Crush or Farmville on her tablet. And, while it’s great that so many people now accept gaming as an everyday part of life, the majority are highly unlikely to appreciate the unusual (but well researched) perks of playing games from an early age, and then throughout life.

Social Connections

Making new social connections and being less judgemental while meeting new people. There is still some stigma surrounding people who play immersive MMORPGs like World of Warcraft; however they are very social games, it is really easy to quickly find a group of players that become close friends in real life. With different languages, ethnicities, and religions all behind the screen, there is no judgment about what you look like, how much you earn, only if you’re a nice person or not. Working together to solve problems means when it comes to school time, or even in work gamers are more likely to be better able to work as a team. This translates out of the game and work situations too, gathering for gaming events or new releases also happens. So, it’s a bit of a myth that gamers are antisocial, by the very nature of the most popular games – they are 2 or more players, and very social.

Reaction Speed

Have you ever played an FPS? First Person Shooters are fast-paced, often with the ability to play online and you’ve got to be quick on your feet – mentally. This has to translate to your hands too. If you have a fast internet connection, and a great console or PC you might be lucky enough to suffer from LAG rarely. However, while there is usually some graphics lag, network latency or occasionally the delay is just your slow reactions. Great news though, one study found that people who were playing these quick-fire games, where 25 were faster in general responses. Why? Well, when you have two teams of 10 people, you are processing a lot of information and making decisions at an astounding rate. The skill translates into real life.

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