Most people believe that they know exactly how video games influence a person’s behavior. Not only that, they also know what kind of an effect they have on your brain – an extremely negative one. It is common knowledge that people, mostly teenagers, who spend a lot of time playing video games turn into mindless zombies incapable of getting or keeping a decent job.
Fortunately, many of us are aware of how reliable and accurate common knowledge really is. For this reason, and many others, one of them being my undeniable love for video games, I’ve decided to do a little research to finally give a proper answer to the question of the effect of video games on your brain.
The impact of video games on brain functions has been the focus of many studies ever since playing became a very popular and widespread activity. We will take a closer look at the results of research, hoping that it will give us some kind of an answer.
For all those who are not familiar with the term gamification, this will prove to be an interesting read. Gamification is a fairly new concept that has everything to do with playing video games, which is what makes it so great! The term actually refers to the use of game mechanics and game thinking in contexts that are not closely related to games, and with the purpose of making people more involved in solving certain problems.
This being the general definition of the word, I will now move on to explaining why and how it can be good for you. Of course it was the business world that first realized the potential of the concept. This is why gamification is already being used as a strategy in businesses and organizations.
Before we move on to the benefits of gamification, we will have to get one thing straight. Playing games is not a lame thing that only nerds and old people do. It is actually a phenomenon that has been categorized as one of the basic social tools that have been embedded into our societies. Got it? Okay, now we can move on to discussing the benefits of gamification.