Childhood wouldn’t have been the same without your parents setting time limits for how long you could video games before being told to go play outside. Where too much of any one thing can be a bad thing, it’s time we put the negative stereotypes about video games to rest.
Video games are actually therapeutic for children with chronic illnesses.
The University of Utah released a study last year that examined the effects of regular gaming on children diagnosed with illnesses like autism, depression, and Parkinson’s disease. Children who played certain games showed signs of improvement in “resilience, empowerment, and a ‘fighting spirit.'” Researchers believe the games helped improve kids’ demeanors as they faced the daily challenges of their illnesses.