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Studies Show That Video Games Are Actually Good For Us

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Studies Show That Video Games Are Actually Good For Us

For a very long time, computer and video games were considered a bad influence and a distraction by parents for their children. However, a number of studies discovered that playing such games can actually be good for both the young and old. Here are the reasons:

1. It helps slow down aging process

It was found that people aged 50 and older who still played video games, had a stabilized or improved mental state, according to the study, “A Randomized Controlled Trial of Cognitive Training Using a Visual Speed of Processing Intervention in Middle Aged and Older Adults”, which was done by Fredric D. Wolinsky and his team,  “World of Warcraft” is a complex video game that will require you to use a lot of your mental energy. Through this, you’ll be exercising your brain, which is beneficial for you, particularly when you get older.

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2. It can be your stress and pain reliever

According to the American Pain Society, both adults and children who are still in the process of recovery, following major and painful major procedures, experienced less pain when they were playing video games as their brains were more focused on other things, instead of the pain they were feeling. Playing video games is also believed to relieve anxiety, improve mood, and promote relaxation.

3. It boosts physical activity

When you are playing Xbox 360 Kinect or Nintendo Wii, you will be encouraged to get off the couch to play properly. Studies conducted at the University of Rochester have discovered that teens who play sports-related video games will be inspired to play the sport in real life.

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4. It enhances your social skills

According to the research done by Linda A. Jackson and her fellow experts at the Michigan State University’s, “Information Technology Use and Creativity: Findings From the Children and Technology Project”, children who engage in games that are pro-social and friendly tend to have a more positive outlook.

5. It enhances your memory

Several researchers from the University of Iowa reported in the journal PLOS One a study that involved several adults who were asked to play a certain video game involving memory. After playing for a total of 10 hours, the participants were able to gain three years of “cognitive reserve,” showing that playing such games can increase mental and memory ability.

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6. It improves physical therapy engagement

One of the challenges of physical therapy is getting the patient to fully participate. Belinda Lange, an ICT research scientist, was able to come up with a video game called “Jewel Mine” that enabled patients to participate more in their physical therapies.

7. It makes you a better employee

The University of Colorado Denver Business School discovered that utilizing video games for on the job training has created employees that performed their jobs better and were able to store info longer, compared to those employees who used more passive teaching strategies.

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8. It keeps families closer

One of the best benefits of playing video games is quality time with the family. According to Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life, little girls who played video games with their parents were closer to their families and had better mental health, compared to those who play on their own or even with friends.

As you can see, video games can give you so many benefits. It should not be considered as a bad influence, just as long as you have the right control. It doesn’t mean you should use up all your time playing. It’s all about balance.

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Featured photo credit: Video Games/Steven Andrew via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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