The Confusing Science Of Whether Video Games Are Ruining Your Life

By in Science on August 21, 2013

By Colin Lecher

A brief round-up of how video games are destroying your life and also making you a super-human

A good rule of thumb in life is that if you enjoy something, it must be terrible for you. Kidding! Kind of. So it goes with video games. Except not, sometimes. But maybe also yes? Or both at the same time?

Historically speaking, video games are a relatively new cultural phenomenon. So, as you might expect, some of the science on their psychological and physiological effects is murky at best. Popular media organizations (hi!) looking for a common link between kids to explain uncommon behavior might also sensationalize video-game research.

It’s probably safe to say that video games have some good effects on our health, along with some not-so-good effects, but it’s not always easy to suss out which are which. Here are some examples of how confusing things get:

Games can make you smarter.

Games can make you smarter.

Games can make you dumber.

Games can make you worldly.

Games can make you a better driver.

Games can improve your reflexes.

Games don’t improve reflexes.

Certain games are relaxing.

Lots of games are relaxing.

Games can cause aggression.

Games do not cause aggression.

Games are kind of related to aggression.

Games make you snack a lot.

Games can make you fat.

Games can make you skinny.

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