The effect of video games on children is a topic of heated debate among politicians, educators, parents and psychologists. There is sufficient data available, however, to illustrate the development potential of video games.
1. Education:
The interactive nature of video games combined with the frequent use of a reward system can help grab a child’s interest and encourage her to complete a task that she may otherwise find mundane or boring.

2. Fitness:
Most people would laugh if you told them a video game helped you exercise and lose weight. Video games requiring physical movement and interaction actually fight obesity and lethargy, according to research conducted by the Mayo Clinic.

3. Coordination:
Video games regularly challenge a player’s coordination by requiring precisely timed and accurate button presses in response to on-screen cues. A study by Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, showed that surgeons most skilled with video games made as few as 47% fewer errors compared with those with the least gaming skill.

4. Behavior:
Video games that encourage helpful social behavior can develop a kinder, more benevolent nature in children, according to research posted in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

5. Self-esteem:
Being able to overcome challenges and succeed at a task are vitally important to anyone’s self-esteem. The capacity of video games to be dynamic results in an experience that is challenging but surmountable.

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