It sounds like my investment in video games hasn’t just been for fun – I been training! I vote that they force people to play some Call of Duty for a week straight before handing them a drivers license.
With so much video game research focused on how the violent games can affects kids, it’s nice to see some positive research. They should conduct some research on what percentage of parents research a video game title before purchasing it for their kid. I would love to see those results.
Just yesterday I am sitting in traffic and my road rage is elevating. As I watch the cars in front of me responding to road signs, traffic lights, and the general traffic situation – I start to wonder why they are so damn slow! As I roll up next to a few of the cars I notice a lot of them are on their phone (no surprise). Unfortunately, I am guilty of doing the same thing myself and still I manage to pay pretty close attention to the traffic. Then a crazy idea hits me: maybe these people don’t play video games and that’s why they suck at driving.
I start to think about it more as I watch a person blocking the intersection: he is keeping everyone else furiously halted at the green light. So I did some research online and apparently, there is plenty of studies that point to video games leading to better response time. For example, a particular study at the University of Rochester reads as follows:
“The researchers found that video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn’t just make them better at playing video games, but improves a wide variety of general skills that can help with everyday activities like multitasking, driving, reading small print, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.”
*Read the full article here
*List of scholar research on the benefits of video games here