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Science Says Gamers Are More Intelligent

Science Says Gamers Are More Intelligent

We live in a world of criticism and stereotypes. We – as gamers – are often judged by this one interest of ours without having the chance to show our other talents and skills.

If you are someone who can ignore people’s opinion and keep doing what you love, great; however, some gamers feel bad about it, and let that stop them from dreaming big and achieving more in life.

Here’s the motivation boost you’ve been waiting for. Science says we are more intelligent than non-gamers. Furthermore, playing daily for many hours is not all that bad. Regular gameplay actually makes us better at decision making, more goal-oriented, smarter in general, and unleashes the creative genius inside of us.

Since some people don’t believe (my parents sure question this theory), there is some research no one can argue with it. We present three actual reasons why games make us more intelligent. You can use them as proof in front of those who criticize you all the time.

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1. Gamers are less stressed.

This study from East Carolina University clearly states that video games help us relieve stress and are one of the best ways to blow off steam.

While the average person may indulge in lazy activities like social media, watching TV, binge eating, or drinking out with friends, gamers already have a way to reduce stress that is a part of their daily life.

This helps us handle problems more easily throughout the day and deal with other people and issues without taking it too seriously. In the long-term, it leads to more peaceful and relaxed mind, body, and soul.

2. Games make us 20% smarter.

If you’d like to speak with numbers and sound more convincing, then use this research by the Department of Defense that directly says that gamers are more intelligent.

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The main reason is that video games increase perceptual abilities, improve short-term memory, and help focus longer. On top of that, playing games sharpens the mind and boosts brain power. This is because most games require the person to react fast, and come up with a solution to a problem with immediacy. Gaming helps keep the brain consistently working at higher efficiency.

The love for games usually goes together with being interested in other technologies too. Because of this, gamers like to explore new devices, and master new tools or apps before others learn how to use them. This fosters a healthy curiosity for learning which also definitely helps keep the brain active.

3. Game lovers are much more creative.

This study shows that children who play games are creative when it comes to many other activities like writing or painting.

This ability to express ourselves artistically is due to how games let us be creative in every possible way, like having to come up with unusual ways to overcome obstacles, build something from scratch, and combine seemingly unrelated elements to complete a quest.

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When it comes to creativity, once you unleash it, you can apply the same skills to anything in life.

Daily life, with all its worries and distractions, makes people lazy when it comes to going after their goals. Most often, they haven’t even defined their goals yet. Following your dreams means taking action daily to get one step closer to your vision. This pursuit requires patience, consistency, and effort. For gamers, most have learned to turn setting and achieving goals into a habit. Games have taught us how to follow instructions, to always be going after something, and improving our skills all the time.

Games also show us that failure doesn’t mean the game is over, it just means we didn’t find the thing that works yet. Trying again means moving forward and getting closer to the solution.

Conclusion

So, that’s what makes gamers more intelligent.

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The facts are there, backed by scientific research. Next time someone disrespects you for being a gamer, show them the truth.

Be proud of being a gamer!

Featured photo credit: ESL Extreme Masters: Pro Gaming via commons.wikimedia.org

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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