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This $199 Bluetooth-Connected Toothbrush Improve Your Oral Hygiene Technique

This $199 Bluetooth-Connected Toothbrush Improve Your Oral Hygiene Technique

access_time October 21, 2016

Philips Sonicare launched a new smart toothbrush that connects to an app via Bluetooth. The new toothbrush, which goes by

Things You Didn’t Know Marshmallow Could Do

Things You Didn’t Know Marshmallow Could Do

access_time September 3, 2016

Since its official release on Oct. 15, 2015, more than one in 10 Android lovers have started using the new Android

How Technology Is Rapidly Altering The World Of Medicine

How Technology Is Rapidly Altering The World Of Medicine

access_time September 16, 2016

It is clear that technology affects pretty much every aspect of our lives these days. There are, however, certain areas

5 Benefits Of Video Game Play

5 Benefits Of Video Game Play

5 Benefits Of Video Game Play

access_time November 29, 2016

If your idea of avid gamers involves a group of teenage boys sitting on the couch for days at a time, think again. Although there certainly are some downsides to staring at a screen for hours on end, video game enthusiasts actually are acquiring and honing important skills that will help them throughout their lives. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits video gamers reap.

Spatial Awareness

The worlds created in video games are more realistic than ever. This means that spending time in a virtual location can help build skills related to spatial awareness, navigation, strategizing and memory. It is so effective, in fact, that the government uses video games to train many of its personnel. Driving games, platform games and first-person shooting games are particularly effective at teaching hand-eye coordination and spatial relations.

Problem Solving

Improving cognitive flexibility is important in all aspects of life. People must be able to anticipate possible outcomes and strategize accordingly. Just about every video game requires advance planning and an innovative approach in order to reach the next level. Plus, as a player “dies” in a game as a result of a misstep, the player learns to avoid the same fate in the future by making different choices.

Self Control

Video gaming can take over a lot of one’s disposable time, but if the alternative is participating in detrimental behaviors such as overeating or smoking, the distraction can be beneficial. Gaming can take players’ minds off of unhealthy mental activities as well, such as dwelling on anger or building anxiety. Plus, players who do not use self-control during their games are unlikely to make it very far into the challenge. One must resist the urge to run headlong into danger and choose careful strategies instead.


Many video games are based on teamwork, especially those designed for adults. In fact, many players aren’t even in the same room as their teammates. But despite that, they still find ways to work together and compromise on strategies that will have the best outcome. They do this regardless of their teammates’ economic status, race, age and other factors that might be barriers in the real world. Gamers can build legitimate relationships with other players that are just as legitimate as those that exist in real life.

Stress Relief

Finally, video game enthusiasts often are drawn to the activity’s ability to help them relax and unwind after a long day. The distraction can help them keep their minds off a conflict at work or anxiousness about a meeting the next day. Gaming can even provide welcome relief from pain, as the rechanneling of the mind prevents focusing on discomfort.

These five important skills are ones adults use every day. People who are especially good at spatial awareness and problem solving might even be drawn to a career that requires strength in those skills, such as the GIST program found at USC Online. With the spatial acumen they learn through gaming, students may already have a head start toward success in fields such as engineering, mathematics and computer science.

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