Can Gaming be beneficial to health?
According to a recent study from the University of Sydney in Australia showed that gaming can help reduce back pain.
Video games have always been controversial, especially with an older generation, however recent studies conducted on people over the age of 55 for 8 weeks and hours a day. 27% of the test subjects experienced a reduction in back pain – leading from the “physical” exercise and gaming posture. This could prove to be a cost-effective way to help alleviate back pain.
However, If you think about it, do we really have great posture while gaming. Yes, we may start out straight up, but a couple minutes in we find ourselves either slouching back to get comfier or leaning forward in anticipation and concentration. So why is it that older people seem to have a good posture while gaming? It could be that it is just the way that they were brought up to always have good posture when doing something active, be that cooking, reading or now playing video games. It might be possible that the older generation were just brought up better? Well, we have seen many young people with excellent posture, even some gamers. We suppose that it all may be relative depending from person to person. What benefit gaming may have to the older generation is brain stimulation and slowing down the onset of Alzheimer's disease. The mental stimulation coming from concentrating on playing a video game is actually quite beneficial, it improves short term memory and general productivity.
In some countries, gaming addiction has been recognized as a disorder such as in the UK. In China, anyone under the age of 12 years old is only permitted to play for one hour a day and must stop between 10 pm and 8 am. All well and good, but video games have been proven to have many health benefits and can improve hand-eye-co-ordination, which when you think about it is extremely helpful in today's world where we rely heavily on typing and using technology in the digital new age.
Original Sources: Horus Magazine Oct 2018