Smartphone gaming is soon catching on. The surprising thing is that it is not just hardcore gamers or college kids who play at length. Even aunties and old uncles in buses or trains sit engrossed for hours on end, playing some game or the other on their smartphone. However, each time you play, someone or the other invariably tells you horror stories of how you’ll spoil your eyesight, or how games are just a distraction. Lucky for you, they’re wrong. Because smartphone gaming can actually be good for you. Read on to know how!
1. Smartphone gaming improves your focus.
When you’re playing a game, sometimes you’re so engrossed in it that you don’t even take in the sounds around you. Your poor mother can keep screaming and you won’t even hear! Applied to real life, if you’re ever stuck at work with your colleagues screaming their heads off around you or sitting in class with the people around you gossiping, you can still block out their droning and continue with your task. Gaming thus, helps you build your focus and you can stick to one thing at a time.
2. It helps better your concentration.
It need not be a Sudoku or Chess. Even games like Candy Crush, often deemed silly, can actually help you improve your concentration. How you ask? Well, while playing the game, all your attention is in the game. A single distraction might mean the difference between moving on to Level 33 or staying at Level 32. There’s just no room for distractions and it helps build your concentration.
3. It teaches you how to plan better.
Gaming isn’t all about time pass and taking chances. Each move in a game has to be planned carefully and keeping the next step in mind. One wrong move and it could change the stakes completely! A step taken a few levels back might haunt you in the next level. Thus gaming can teach you how to plan and strategically lead your life keeping the future and past actions in mind.
4. You learn the meaning of determination.
Can’t get through a level? What do you do? Definitely don’t give up on the game! You take a break, think up of new ways to beat the damn computer/phone and get back to it till you don’t clear the level. There are times you go and hunt for hacks online and the elation you feel when you finally beat the system is out of the world! Applied to the real world, games teach you to not quit and continue on in life. Take a break and mull over the problem, ask your friends for hacks (advice) but don’t give up.
5. Games teach you how to be patient.
You do not always win at the first go. And with modern phone games, you generally get limited lives or chances to clear a level. The time you then wait till you stock up on lives again. You need to be patient and wait till you can play once more.
6. Games teach you how to interact with others.
Most people complain that gaming makes you a recluse and you cannot interact well socially. That is not always true for smartphone games. There are many games that are group games and you play these in a group, meeting new people online and striking friendships. Even for games with limited lives, you can ask your friends for help. In fact, there are many community games where it is only through interaction with your friends or neighbours that you can clear levels. They are virtual friendships, we agree but sometimes these friendships can turn into real friendships too and they teach you social skills.
7. The ups and downs in the game sometimes help you handle ups and downs of life better.
The biggest thing gaming teaches you is that it is never a smooth ride. There are always ups and downs in life. Sometimes, you get through a level or problem with no struggle and sometimes, what looks like a cakewalk takes you days to clear. Life is a lot like your games. There are good guys and bad guys, rewards and at times, surprise boosters. There’s just no easy way out.
8. Video games sometimes make you smarter.
When you try to navigate a game, you are unconsciously thinking of strategies and planning tricks on how to clear it. The brain is not dormant but is actively being used. The strategising and planning can make you smarter in real life too and teach you how to deal with different situations differently.
9. Gaming can actually improve your observation.
No, we aren’t talking of your spectacles numbers here, but when you are gaming, you are paying attention to multiple elements and characters on your screen. You need to observe every aspect and then react accordingly. You learn to pay attention to details and somehow become more observant even in real life. For example, in a warfare game, you cannot just look at one person or one enemy. You need to perceive the entire field area clearly and attentively. It helps you observe clearly.
10. Your reflexes also improve.
With gaming, there’s a lot going on at once and you need to sometimes be very quick and reflexive. The way you react in a smartphone game, within milliseconds, sometimes help in real life too. You become more attuned to your surroundings and as you are more observant, in turn your reflexes and reactions improve dramatically.
11. You learn to stay calm in the midst of a lot of confusion and take prompt decisions.
Video games and phone games prompt you to take decisions in a jiffy without lagging. And whatever decision you make, you know the onus is on you. There are no blame games and if you’re ousted, it is your own fault. You admit defeat gracefully knowing the fault is your own and try to improve the next time round.
So the next time someone questions you about your gaming addiction, you know what to say!
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