Yeah. You read that right. Video games are not all bad. That’s why Jennifer Comet Wagner wrote The Gamer Generation: Reaping the Benefits of Video Games. Here at KidzVuz, we have always believed that technology can be used for good instead of evil…we’re just glad Jennifer Wagner gathered all the stats and studies that proves it.
She argues that for the past decade there has been tons of evidence proving that there are a variety of benefits from playing video games. Funny, then, how we only see the articles about violence and addiction in gaming. The Gamer Generation: Reaping the Benefits of Video Games is an amalgamation of the studies outlining the social benefits, physical benefits, cognitive and creative benefits, and more. There’s even, Wagner argues, a big benefit of gaming in education, even in healthcare.
Parents need to know about the benefits of gaming and learn to play with their kids, instead of worrying video games are the big bad wolf.
Are there bad video games that teach nothing but shooting and violence? Sure there are. But there are plenty of good reasons to play, too. As long as you are educated about what video games you are buying (by using, for example, the ESRB app) your kid can play video games, and you can stop feeling so guilty.