As a gamer myself, it’s easy to say video games are a fun way to escape from the real world. Video games are just about everywhere and nearly anyone can find something they like. It’s easy to spend hours playing a video game; trust me, you aren’t the only one that has played Candy Crush or Angry Birds longer then you should have. But does this mean that video games can only have a negative effect on an individual?

There have been several studies on how gaming can affect people in the workplace. Video games can actually have a positive influence on one’s productivity, improving on a variety of skills such as:

  • Quick thinking and decision-making.
  • Multitasking.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Reading and math skills.
  • Teamwork.
  • Perseverance.

However, video games can also negatively influence a person’s health and well-being:

  • Playing video games too long can affect one’s mind and can cause some health issues.
  • Video games can create aggressive thoughts and allow a person to anger easily, which in turn could make workplace frustrations more difficult to handle.
  • Video games can become addictive and difficult to get away from.
  • Playing video games can also affect a person’s communication skills, making them socially isolated.

As you see, video games have the potential to both increase or decrease a person’s productivity. Does all this mean that we shouldn’t play video games because there’s a chance of a negative outcome? No. While video games can have negative effects when played for too long, for too many days, they can also be a great way to improve skills that can be used in the work place and in everyday life.

When gaming, just relax and have fun; try to be conscious of the time spent playing and remember to take breaks.

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