Can Video Games Improve Your Health?

If you have ever had the unfortunate experience of playing a monotonous boring video game, you will know that it can be an incredibly annoying experience. Monotonous boring games are almost impossible to enjoy when they are assigned to you to play all day, every day of your life. This is why most people avoid video games altogether, because not only are they incredibly irritating, but they are also bad for your health. In fact, research into the health effects of video games has now produced some rather shocking results.


Games are not only an extremely unhealthy past time, but they can actually have detrimental effects on your long term health. A game is essentially a structured, organized form of exercise, often undertaken for fun or entertainment, and at times used as a teaching tool. Games are very different from work, which in most cases is usually carried out as a direct result of a pay check, and from fine art, which is generally an expression of artistic or aesthetic components. When you play video games, you are given the full attention of the player, with no distractions from the actions of the character you are controlling. This is one of the main differences between playing games and real life exercise, where there is always the constant struggle to maintain a focus on the present and future.

The problem with games is that while they provide a structured means of exercising your brain, the environment which the games are set in makes it hard for you to concentrate. This is because games demand a high degree of hand-eye co-ordination, from remembering to click a mouse button in the right place to balancing a game piece on your toe. Furthermore, modern consoles require extremely long periods of active engagement in order to be worthwhile, meaning that hours of boredom can easily have a negative impact on your health. As well as causing irritation, prolonged play may cause depression and anxiety, both of which are very common in today’s youth. There is no doubt that games can improve your health, but you need to be careful about how much time you spend playing them.