Do Video Games Really Effect Intellectual Development?

By Toby Tunwase

Over the years, additional research and opinions have raised questions about whether there is any intellectual benefit to video games. Some believe they help to improve brain cognition, for example. Since most teenagers and young adults spend a lot time playing one video game or the other, it seems fair to wonder if the mental exercise is actually worth it.

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Recent research has revealed that there is indeed a relationship between the skills it takes to play these games and advanced intelligence. Certain multiplayer games require social interaction and strategic thinking. A certain level of emotional intelligence is also needed, some say. If we then say that intellectual capacity is required, we can assume that frequent practice or playing could sharpen not just motor skills, but intelligence itself.

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Formerly, games like Chess or Monopoly were strictly associated with activities that depict and enhance one’s IQ level. These conversation now, almost always, include video games. Most video games simulate situations that require quick thinking and action. While an excellent competitive spirit plays a role, it takes considerable intelligence to finish the set tasks in record time.

Brains are still developing in the minds of children and adolescents. These games serve to stimulate the brain while it’s growing. However, addiction is always a risk factor. In this case, gamers develop short attention spans and very little interest in social interaction. The danger here is that they may become too detached from reality to make any tangible contributions with their intelligence.