Video games are played by more people today than ever before, and the impact of these games is a frequent subject of debates and argues between gamers and non-gamers. Research and statistics provided by scientists from different countries and universities reveal more and more indisputable facts that leave less and less room for empty discussions. It is time to distinguish the truth from the myths that have prevailed in society.
Games Are for the Males Only
While most of the society thinks that video game players are only men, the statistics tell us the different story. According to the Entertainment Equipment Association, 60 percent of the players are men, but as many as 40 percent of them are women. In addition, as much as 60 percent teenage girls playing video games on a computer, game console, or cell phone. Interesting fact, video games are widely popular amongst the women who are 50 years old.
Video Games and Violence
It is a strong myth that video games that contain violence elements are the cause of violence, and a huge part of society believes in this idea. However, many studies have been conducted to find out the links between video games and outbreaks of aggression. All of them confirmed that video games do not make gamers more aggressive or more prone to criminal activities.
Video Games are Harmful to Mental Health
Players often retaliate against critics that while their hobby may seem childish, it has a positive effect on their brains. Different studies show that they are partly right. Action games improve eye-hand interaction and develop spatial thinking. Not only that, but these games can also improve vision, increase attention, and improve the ability to move from one task to another and multitask.
Video Games are Addictive
A lot of people think that video games act like drugs or alcohol. Indeed, games are designed to be as engaging as possible and the point is to make a person to spend as much time playing as possible, but addiction experts argue that video games are not and cannot become addictive. It was estimated that perhaps about 10 percent of all gamers are addicted to video games, but more additional research has shown that this claim has no scientific basis.
Video Games Promote the Social Exclusion
In fact, the true is opposite. The statistics show that almost 60 percent of regular gamers play video games with friends. 33 percent of the respondent said that they play games with siblings, and 25 percent of them claimed that they are playing with spouses or parents. In addition, even single players are gaming with the online chats, and this is a common practice for one player to be advised by another.
The Main Target for Video Games is Children
Although video games are mostly played by children, the first generation of video games has already grown up, as a result, the average age of video players are increased. It is estimated that about two-thirds of gaming console buyers and slightly more gaming computer buyers are over the age of 18.