Top 10 positive effects of video games on children

Do parents have reason to worry about video games and gaming children? We list the ten most common (although surprising) positive effects of games recently investigated by researchers from 2005-present.

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Can video games be positive for kids?


Given the dynamic feedback on the top 10 negative effects of video games post, I had to write about the flip side.  Keep in mind that university studies are just starting to examine the relationships between humans and machines as we interact with them more and more. And that this fascinating look into how our brains and bodies meet is just in its infancy.

  1. The ability to learn teamwork
  2. Skill in managing groups
  3. Higher levels of problem solving
  4. Increased visual acuity (sharpness)
  5. Improved visual cognition
  6. Accelerated acquisition of motor skills
  7. Reduced reaction times and increased speed of activities
  8. Enhanced mental rotation skills
  9. Better visual and spatial memory,
  10. Increased ability to maintain divided attention

Communication Monographs June 2005; 72(2): 217-233.
Percept Mot Skills August 2004;99(1):51-62.
Psychological Science February 2007; 18(1): 88-94.
JEP:HPP 2006; 32(6): 1465-1478.

About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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