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12 Reasons Video Games Are Actually Good For You

Video games make everyone better. That's, like, a fact now. Go pick up a controller and get better at life with PlayStation®4.

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That means gamers can understand and interact with their environment quicker than the average non-gamer.

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When elderly people play certain brain teaser-centric video games, it has been shown to increase their short-term memory. It is conjectured that this effect is true for all ages, but most apparent in people 60+ years of age.

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In one study, dyslexic children's reading speeds increased more after only playing action video games than after an entire year of "spontaneous reading development."

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It is unknown how effective surgeons would be with intensive training, but without training, the gamers are way more accurate.

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Indecisive people take note.

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Particularly for telling the difference between shades of grey, which can help in driving and reading X-rays.

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That's right. Gamers have sweet sport skills. Deal w/ it.

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A study from the University of Rochester shows that gamers can focus on up to six tasks at one time (as opposed to the average four).

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The ability to escape in an RPG allows a parallel escape from day-to-day stresses.

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Online games are social builders across generations, but the effect in children is most apparent.

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Similar to patients with mental disorders, the ability to leave the physical world behind a bit allows for a surprising amount of relief from pain.

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...Duh.

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