Much has been said regarding the impact that video games can have on kids and teenagers, with many even linking them to violent behaviors. However, during recent years, many studies have shown that, opposite to what some may think, video games have some surprising benefits. From developing their problem social skills in creating social connections, enhancing their visual-spatial skills, and offering an interesting and lucrative career choice, video games bring many advantages. So, if we thought our children were wasting their lives sitting in front of their console, we might want to think again.
Every video game comes with a challenge that the player must face and overcome, and this is basically the core of every single game. Of course, every game is different, and while some might offer really simple and not very challenging problems, others will include puzzles and mysteries for players to solve. This kind of games offer kids the chance to analyze different situations, identify the problem, and come up with different solutions, which could be transferred to real-life problems.
Another great benefit that video games bring for kids is that they allow them to create social connections. Whether our kids get together with other kids to play a certain game, or they interact with others via online games, children and teens get the chance to meet and bond with kids their age. This could lead to finding long-lasting friendships, which is always a good thing. Depending on the age of our kids, though, we must always be aware of who they are talking to and avoid them from getting in touch with the wrong people.
During the last decade, we have seen how the popularity of video games has catapulted to levels we had never seen before, mainly because of smartphone games and portable consoles. Therefore, there are billions of games we can choose from for our kids to enjoy. Many of those games are set in 3D virtual worlds, with Minecraft being one of the most popular ones. Since kids are free to navigate, explore, and make use of these virtual worlds, they are able to put their visual-spatial skills to the test, which leads to a better understanding of space and distance while having fun at the same time.
Lastly, video games offer a quite interesting a lucrative career choice our kids can pursue when the time is right. Nowadays, there are many ways to make money from video games, and we shouldn’t discourage our kids from following such a path. There are worldwide video game tournaments and competitions that offer their winners millions of dollars as a prize. If they are interested in computer science and software engineering, they might be able to work as video game designers and consultants, which are highly demanded careers nowadays.