Wednesday, September 8, 2021

5 Ways Gaming Can Improve Your Life

Hey there. If you’re a gamer, chances are you look at is as nothing more than an enjoyable hobby, but despite what many people think, gaming can actually be great for your real life in more ways than you might expect.

Sound interesting? Here are just some of the ways that gaming can improve your life:

1. It Can Improve Your Reflexes

If you play certain games, driving titles in particular, it can actually improve your reflexes and reaction times to the extent that it can actually help you to be a better driver or motorcyclist in real life, especially when combined with the kind of safety equipment you can find here. Obviously, gaming is never going to replace a driving test or anything like that, but when used right, it can be a valuable tool to help you on the road and beyond.

2. It Can Help You Reach Your Goals

Gamers know all about going after goals and leveling up in the virtual world, and they can certainly use those very same skills to level up in real life too. If you gamify your life, it is often far easier to reach important goals like losing weight or learning a new skill than it is if you approach the task in more traditional ways, so why not give it a try?

3. Learn How to Let Go and Accept Failure

Even the greatest gamers will end up dead or running out of time to complete a particular task in the virtual world. When this happens, it teaches us to let go and accept our failures knowing that they are not the end and we can pick ourselves up and start again. Bringing this principle into the real world can really help us to live happier, healthier lives where we aren’t so burdened by failure in real life, too.

4. Improve Productivity

When you game, you often have to multi-task in order to complete your task and ultimately be victorious. So, it is not surprising that people who game regularly are often more productive and more able to multi-task in real life too. In fact, research by  Daphnie Bavalier discovered that gamers who play games like COD are better at coping with auditory and visual distractions at the same time, which is concrete evidence that gaming can do some good in life.

5. Improve Your Social Life

If you play online multiplayer games like Animal Crossing or Call of Duty, your gaming habit could vastly improve your social life by putting you in touch with people you might never have met otherwise. Obviously, not all of them will translate into real-life friends, but there is no reason why you can, or should, not meet some of them for real and build a rich social life, and even if they do only stay online, if they enhance your life, then they are relationships worth having.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re wasting your time gaming because as you can see, you really are not! Later!

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