Gamers… Got a Bad Name for Nothing?
You may have a mental image of a gamer. Contrast this with your mental image of a gym-goer. Are the two images very much different? Do you see the two identities as mutually exclusive? Chances are you may have an image of a gamer as a somewhat nerdy character, probably male, possibly overweight, and maybe a teenager, and your mental image of gym-goer may include rock-hard abs, spandex, protein shakes and health consciousness. However, perhaps these associations are outdated and simplistic, little more than one-dimensional stereotypes.
The truth is that gaming has gone mainstream now. Gamers come in all shapes, all sizes, and in every color and flavor, so to speak. What’s more, the traditional image of a gamer is probably misleading, as researchers have found that gaming may be good for you, and far from making you unhealthy, gaming might actually promote health. For one, gaming can increase your brain power. Your memory (as a result of the problem solving elements of many games), your spatial awareness (think of the Nintendo Wii), and your motor skills can all be improved by a spot of gaming. As well as this, amazingly enough, gaming has been shown to reduce the sensation of pain and reduce traumatic flashbacks of those who have been through an accident. Amazing, huh!?
Of course, we are not saying that you should play Call of Duty 24/7, or that it would be a good idea to quit your job and devote your life exclusively to gaming, (unless you game professionally). However, don’t listen to the stereotypes, and perhaps ask your preachy friends if they want a game!
To find out more about the health benefits of gaming, check out this informative infographic, which has been provided to us by our good friends at Computer Planet.
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