It's social -
The majority of young boys and girls (both upwards of 90% in the US) are playing video games, and see it as a social activity.
On the other hand, they can be a form of procrastination and are said to promote violence.
Problem-solving skills -
However, there are benefits. Nearly every game that we play requires problem-solving skills and creativity, which, in turn, improves those attributes.
It requires logic -
Almost all games require the player to be logical, to have an approach that makes sense.
Decision-making skills -
Scientists believe that this side of things improves decision-making ability and logical thinking.
Online games -
Online games require you to be able to adapt to the speed at which other characters controlled by strangers are moving, and to what they’re doing.
Spatial awareness -
In having to take in everything you are working on, your hand–eye coordination and your visual-spatial awareness are tested, therefore improving.
Visual processing -
Research suggests that people who play video games have better attention skills and are more successful in the visual processing of images than non-gamers.
Practical uses -
They are a great tool to train motor skills, which is why pilots, surgeons, and soldiers benefit by training with specific games.
Multitasking can be improved in children who play certain strategy games where they must take a lot into account, i.e. building games and such.
Violent games desensitize children - On the other hand, regarding the negative effects of games, violent games have been reported to desensitize children to violence.
Aggression and empathy -
It’s now been proven that violent video games increase aggression in children and decrease empathy and positive social behavior in the short to medium term.
Gaming can be addictive, of that there is no doubt.
In moderation, they're great -
They’re fun and they can enrich people’s lives and should be used responsibly, i.e. not for nine hours a day.
Career or addiction? -
One difficult situation from a parenting standpoint could be that a child is playing games for an obscene amount of time but claiming that it’s their career.
Parents may need help to understand and make decisions - What should a parent do if their child claims they have a career in gaming and the parent cannot be sure if they do or will?
Parents should keep track -
Parents should keep track of children’s gaming, what they’re playing, and for how long.