Computer games and human brain


Effects of computer games on the human brain

console controller and gamer on the sofaPlaying computer and console games is a popular form of pastime, with the people who enjoy it spending over three billion hrs./week engaging in their favorite pastime. There were recent researches, studying the effects of computer/console games on the human brain.

Video game industry sales continue to be on the rise, every single year. In 2016 it was over 24 billion games across all the platforms, in 2015 it was over 23 billion and a little over 21 billion in 2014. Despite the popular belief, there’s no evidence that link video games and knack for violence in the real world.

  • Over 20 studies were revised to highlight the changes in brain function. Playing computer/console games affects attention, it causes improvements in all types of attention. The studies also show that playing games improves the size and the ability to single out the visual relationships among objects. Also, the research showed that playing video games can be addictive, more so than a drug.
  • Some studies show that age-related effects of the brain can be slightly reversed with videogames. The people from sixty to eighty-five took part in that study, and after a month of playing video games their working memory improved, along with the sustained attention. The effects lasted for six months after the research.

All in all, the effects of videogames on the brain are generally positive, contrary to the popular beliefs. It’s an area that requires further research, but the tip of the iceberg shows that there are no real downsides to playing videogames. However, people should be vary of online games, these tend to be more addictive and can lead to a serious disorder.