Are there any benefits to playing video games?
Yes. There are benefits to playing prosocial games. Children who play prosocial games tend to have higher empathy toward other people, higher cooperation, increased helping behaviors, and decreased aggressive thoughts in comparison to children who do not play prosocial games. In one study, children were randomly assigned to play a violent game, neutral game, or a prosocial game for 20 minutes. After playing, children could either help or hurt another child. The results indicated that children who played the violent game were more likely to hurt the other person, but if they played the prosocial game, they were more likely to help the other person. In a longitudinal study where children were followed for several months, those who played more prosocial games at the start had changed to become more prosocial in their behaviors later on. These studies suggest that there are both positive short-term and long-term effects for playing prosocial games.
Source: Douglas A. Gentile "www.DrDouglas.org"
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