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Can Video Games Make You Smarter?

August 3, 2019


Video games provide a fun escape from reality;
though, they’re often portrayed as violent, lazy and a waste of time by some. The debate
has raged on for years – So are there any positive effects? Can video games actually
make you smarter? Video games provide a fun escape from reality; though, they’re often portrayed as violent, broccoli. Seriously, extremely high doses broccoli can actually be toxic. Heck even water toxicity exist. So if you binge and
do nothing but play video games, the risks probably outweigh any benefits. In fact, we
have an entire video devoted to what would happen if you stopped going outside, and the
negative effects of sitting – link in the description! Having said that, many studies have actually
shown increases in cognitive function after playing video games. One study in particular
had participants play Super Mario 64 for 30 minutes a day over 2 months. Afterwards, the
brains of these participants saw an increase of grey matter in areas associated with memory,
strategic planning, and fine motor skills of the hands, compared to those who had not
played. These are particularly encouraging results for mental disorders which cause these
brain regions to shrink; using video games as a therapy. Surprisingly, action games can also increase
attention to detail in individuals. Take a look at the following words on screen, and
yell out what colour the word is as fast as you can! So: green, blue, orange. Ok, now
try a bit faster without me. As we continue, it becomes more difficult because there is
a conflict between the word itself and its colour. Chances are, if you play more than
5-10 hours of action games a week, you’re able to solve these problems much more quickly.
This is because your brain is actually more efficient in the regions associated with attention. Of course, video games can also be incredibly
educational! And while you may not be playing some of your favourite games for this purpose,
there are certainly many games that are used as effective teaching tools for both young
and old. They may even help kids who suffer from dyslexia
read more effectively. In a small study, dyslexic children who played regular video games ended
up reading faster and more accurately – once again relating to improved attention skills.
Meanwhile, other studies have found improvements in eyesight. Not only can they see smaller
details more clearly, like tiny writing, but they have an easier time differentiating levels
of grey. Very practiced action gamers were 58% better at perceiving fine differences
in contrast. Which is important as this is one of the first things to diminish with age. Even in the elderly, improved memory and focus
is seen. More importantly, specially designed brain teasing video games have been shown
to slow the aging process of the brain by up to seven years. This is because they are
cognitively complex and require mental energy! Think you’re able to keep track of what’s
in front of your eyes? Keep an eye on the blue circle here. Eventually it will turn
yellow like all the others. I will then point to a circle, and you tell me if it was originally
blue. If you knew this ball wasn’t blue, then you’re a functioning human being. But lets
make it harder. Staring at the middle of the screen can help to keep track of the blue
circles. Was this circle originally blue? If you said no, you’d be right. One more time,
but with 5 blue circles. Was this one originally blue? Yup – it was. It turns out, the average
person can track about 3-4 objects, while a practiced action gamer can track around
6-7. Finally, as technology continues to transform
medicine, surgeries are being completed with the insertion of cameras and remote controlled
tools. And these surgeries have very clear parallels to video games, with a screen and
controlling device. Not surprisingly, young doctors with previous exposure to video games
show fewer errors and faster completion than those without. Of course, all of these skills are only useful
if you use them; which you can’t if all you do is play video games. So enjoy your down
time and relax with your games in moderation, but get out there and keep your life diverse
as well. Because that’s how you’ll win at the game of life. Got a burning question you want answered?
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100 Comments

  • Reply Gaby's Youtube March 8, 2019 at 7:49 am

    THANKYOU I need this for a battle

  • Reply michael jarvis March 11, 2019 at 7:53 am

    Me:*watches video*

    RUNS DOWNSTAIRS

    plays call of duty for hours
    Me:i feel smart

  • Reply EZEKIEL GREEN March 12, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    r

  • Reply Flatch March 13, 2019 at 11:49 am

    I play games 24h every day and im smarter ANSWER PLEASE.

  • Reply how to rape friends cat tutorial March 13, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    5-10h a week? am i strange if i play about 9h a day

  • Reply PvpGamerKid March 13, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    I mean it does make u smarter by pressing one button

  • Reply dealwithit 582 March 16, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for proving my mum wrong

  • Reply godwin godwin March 16, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    So fortnite makes you smatterw

  • Reply godwin godwin March 16, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Smarter

  • Reply Valorous Puppy84 March 18, 2019 at 2:31 am

    I noticed that my reaction time and listening ability has improved when I play action games like titanfall and what not.

  • Reply Hoang Bui March 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    I learned English from video games naturally, got from few to all instructions and directions.

  • Reply no March 19, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Lol now make them play Cs:Go

  • Reply SharkzyYT-Critical Ops & More March 21, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    99% gaming made you smarter

    1% school made you smarter

  • Reply MagnetFist March 26, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    1:48 Hey, remember "Mario is missing"?

  • Reply GamerGirlWillPlay 2 March 31, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    See Mom!
    I was getting smarter not dumber!

  • Reply Fortnite Gameplay Videos April 1, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    When I was younger, I played probably too much Minecraft, and my parents hated it (I was really dumb btw I was homeschooled and barely ever played attention), and I didn’t know where steak, pork, or even chicken came from, and Minecraft taught me where they came from, and I bragged about it. XD

  • Reply Fortnite Gameplay Videos April 1, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    According to my iPad, it says I play 32 hours and 9 minutes a week, so 5-10 hours IT AINT NOTHIN

    Btw it would probably be more if I didn’t have to go to school

  • Reply Liam_gacha :3 April 7, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    I played when i was 4

    The first game i player was
    GTA3 or 4
    Minecraft
    Roblox
    Idk wut else 😛

  • Reply Suraj Tiwari April 10, 2019 at 3:34 am

    I am sharing it to my family's group chat.

  • Reply Swapnil April 11, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Make video about benefits to play PUBG game.
    Thanks.

  • Reply Pich Morkot ពេជ្រមរកត April 12, 2019 at 1:02 am

    Hi good video

  • Reply Albin Øvre-Söderberg April 12, 2019 at 9:04 am

    i play like 15-24 hours each saturday / sunday

  • Reply Guchierezu April 12, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    ok but where does it say that in order to be a gamer you have to at least hate a single group of minorities (playing games is optional)

  • Reply MatthewPlayz April 16, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    video games made me normal

  • Reply Lippin Games April 18, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    I've read the small text

    This is really small writing. If you can read to this you probably have good eyes. Wow! Good for you

  • Reply mikee patel April 19, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Not gonna lie playing Apex made me stronger

  • Reply Muhamnad Suleiman April 20, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Playing pubg gave me good aiming,shooting and driving

  • Reply Nikos Vas April 20, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    I learned how to drive because of gta

  • Reply urboiTroy April 23, 2019 at 2:11 am

    but are games goo
    d for you yes or no

  • Reply asaf gonzalez April 23, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Thank you I NEEDES THIS SO MUCH FOR A PROJECT

  • Reply As Baz April 23, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    It can get you smarter but will not make you happier.

  • Reply Itz Rhinac April 23, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Lol I got faster at typing without any lessons

  • Reply lightninggamer12 April 27, 2019 at 3:14 am

    FORTNITE HELPS

  • Reply CodeName Savage April 28, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Yes, video games make u smart, I played video game and for first place on test

  • Reply anasianguy April 29, 2019 at 5:47 am

    marker for myself: 1:52

  • Reply I like apples April 29, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Can't really tell if games make your smarter or this Video does 😏

  • Reply RudolphGaming18 April 29, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    Interesting…

  • Reply Trusta29 May 4, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Of course it does

  • Reply FroilanPH May 6, 2019 at 10:25 pm

    Yeah Playing Games like Age of Empire, Command and Conguer and RedAlert made a Stragetic Type player

  • Reply Rick C-137 May 8, 2019 at 11:40 am

    I have a question! Why are humans instinctively drawn to creating music? like cavemen for example were drawn to making sounds and rhythms and ancient tribes had tribal songs and what not. Just makes me think

  • Reply Ak Dr May 9, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    PUBG is adicted game

  • Reply Hoenn4Ever May 12, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    I always think most video games nowadays can actually make a lot of people smarter if they play it while also memorizing instead of just to tryhard or be sweaty at the game they're playing. I've seen tons of people who became so creative-minded after playing Minecraft for like 5 years that they start building some cool looking cities with great details and fantastic looks. I've also seen people who became fast at reacting by playing some video games that requires fast reaction timing for the most part. That would probably help someday if you ask me, who knows, maybe it does. But either way, I also think you shouldn't try to be smarter just by gaming, I actually think people should also learn by reading books or something, it's also reliable too. Just saying. But either way, this is just my opinion.

  • Reply John Uriarte May 16, 2019 at 2:47 am

    boi

  • Reply James Plays May 21, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Minecraft is good for everything

  • Reply JD ANIMATIONS May 25, 2019 at 10:58 am

    I can see far cause of shooting games

  • Reply Trey Williams May 28, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Can’t wait to be a grandpa and be like ok give me my virtual reality pills

  • Reply Rtrsggtrd Hjobjkonjk May 31, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Me: gets bad grade
    Mom: it’s those video games
    Me: * shows video*
    Mom: impossible.

  • Reply Vinícius Pacheco Sevilla June 5, 2019 at 12:36 pm

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    é

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  • Reply ThunderCraft! June 5, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    But Minecraft is Good!

  • Reply ThunderCraft! June 5, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    A: Yes

  • Reply Oliver Schofield June 8, 2019 at 5:24 am

    3:22 no, i can just play NSBW with my self

  • Reply DriesGaming 27 June 9, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Minecraft triggered my creativity and made my social skills better. I am born with fine movement problems but i greatly improved it by using controllers and typing. I got better at seeing details and reading from far way

  • Reply caterpillow June 10, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Yeah DAD read this

  • Reply TheMrLoL June 10, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    I learned English very smoothly JUST by videogames

  • Reply CPDV June 12, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    1:55 holy thats true, i have dyslexia and im the fastest in the whole class at reading books.

  • Reply HHGU LUGYO June 14, 2019 at 12:18 am

    5 to 1000000 hours every week COOOL

  • Reply ALVIN'S HOT JUICEBOX June 14, 2019 at 2:03 am

    1:35
    5-10 hours of gaming hehe
    How cute

  • Reply Numberhumans - Cartoons for All Ages June 14, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Minecraft Education teaches you chemistry

  • Reply don't be gay be gae June 15, 2019 at 4:03 am

    Playing video games help me with my trigger finger

    don't ask y

  • Reply St0rm June 16, 2019 at 5:24 am

    Not Kidding standoff 2 made made me faster to react at any things

  • Reply Gourav Kumar June 16, 2019 at 9:47 am

    why some parents says no video games at all

  • Reply Werox204 June 17, 2019 at 4:44 am

    that’s easier ir you don’t speak english naturally

  • Reply LocalWeeb June 18, 2019 at 1:44 am

    i learned japanese from too much jrpg's and i do not regret all those hours

  • Reply gacha roblox gamer June 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    Yes they can make you smart you can learn more languages

  • Reply WindyWolf June 22, 2019 at 3:44 am

    Ummmmmm….. im a Gamer that spends like 5 hours a day gaming….. I didn’t get it right…

  • Reply gi0rn0 June 22, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    I played osu! everyday for a month, 2-5 hours each day
    My precision and hand movement speed improved a lot. Not even joking, I have proof

  • Reply Litch King June 24, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    5 hours per day. It's normal.

  • Reply ProGamer4098 June 27, 2019 at 8:43 am

    Gamer Squad where are u at???

  • Reply Plasmatizer June 27, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    We are proud of being gamers

  • Reply PETA sucks Gaming June 28, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Any anti-gamer here
    GTFO

  • Reply ShotGunTV ShotGun July 1, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Lol… I learn english with VideoGames Tho

  • Reply William Shaw July 1, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    This is really small writing if u can read this u have really good eyes wow good for u.i read it without stuttering or rewinding

  • Reply William Shaw July 1, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    I can see 11 without failing

  • Reply Tru Shotz July 3, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    I play video games 24/7

  • Reply wahidut zaman July 4, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks buddy.

  • Reply Zero July 4, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    So, that means we should stop playing Kahoot at school?

  • Reply V!s66 July 5, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    I am a action gamer playing FPS and actions

  • Reply jahida runa July 6, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    5 to 10 hours? Childs play i can play to 12 to 16 hours

  • Reply ッ- July 7, 2019 at 10:53 am

    ive got a english presentation tomrrow and im making a powerpoint from this

  • Reply Meme Komrade July 9, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Playing Apex legends makes my hearing sense more active and more caution

  • Reply FaustasScooterYt FCYT July 11, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    I learned more stuff on the internet than school

  • Reply Ice Ender July 12, 2019 at 2:38 am

    I have a friend in school and he is much more smarter than me ( the guy gets only A's while I get only B's and C's ) and he is not wearing glasses and I don't eather but I still see better than him and I'm playing games all day while he plays only an hour a day….
    And I still go outside too like 3 or 4 days I spent outside whit my friends and 1 or 2 days inside because I get bored after 3 days of only going out and I stay in bed sleeping or on pc playing or spending time with my family so yeah I dont really study but I do my homework that's all that matters ok its not…I need a life •____•

  • Reply oliverrando July 12, 2019 at 3:28 am

    I think sort of video games can make you smarter

  • Reply Ark Wolf July 12, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    I guess it really depends what games you really play and benefit from it.

  • Reply Baiatul._.Anime July 17, 2019 at 8:57 am

    I answered all the Questions right. I'm a real gamer lool

  • Reply Dominic Jespersen July 18, 2019 at 7:06 am

    I littaraly learned glass was made from sand in Minecraft thanks Minecraft!

  • Reply MineWit July 19, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    First of all people in other countrys than UK and america know english like 21490324023904090 bilion times more than a normal student and second of all i think that you get more creativity thats all
    also i realised this is 5 years ago

  • Reply Nexus Edge July 20, 2019 at 11:09 am

    1.5k likes are from parents and teachers.

  • Reply SallyPurpleYT July 22, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I need to show my mom and my therapist this vid

  • Reply whiteasmilk Kane July 24, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Thank you guys for providing me with all the citations i need to finish my paper. You're the best!

  • Reply Jules Vules July 24, 2019 at 4:21 am

    lol, this is probably true but it seems everybody is too busy to play video games these days.

  • Reply SaltyPo0L July 24, 2019 at 5:25 am

    Not gonna lie. Playing minecraft made me better at geometry.

  • Reply Yt Mcnerd July 25, 2019 at 7:07 am

    I use video games to help manage my anxiety disorder

  • Reply Mark Li July 26, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    take that mom!

  • Reply Nash Amora July 27, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Stop do not listen is no smart than you play video game the study make your smart

  • Reply James Jose Fernandez July 28, 2019 at 5:09 am

    I don't play games for like 30 hours a week I play for like 1 hour and go outside

  • Reply ChrisChen1220 July 29, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Perfect

  • Reply Fiercey August 1, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    What if i dont play 5-10h a week but 5-10h a day? :thinking:

  • Reply Ivan Gudmundsson August 2, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    I play video games as a stress relief.

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