Joe Rogan seems to dislike video games. He
ignited a significant social media discussion, stating that playing video games
is a waste of time for most people.
In a recent show of JRE podcast with author,
fitness expert and entrepreneur Joe De Sena, Rogan said that games are a
serious problem in society. However, playing and even creating games offers a
unique platform for many, which would otherwise be unimaginable. Also, video
games encourage innovation and provide a sense of belonging.
Video games are a billion-dollar industry. Many
people around the world play video games in their leisure time. However,
parents are often concerned about the negative effects of video games. Video
game addiction can cause eye problems and obesity; but if they can be played
within certain limits, they have many health and other benefits.
Thus, here are some reasons that prove video
games are not a waste of time.
Act on Your Brain Like Steroids
While recent research has revealed changes in the
brain system in video game players, the present study clearly shows a
connection between playing video games and a significantly increased brain
Video games can serve as a treatment for people
with mental conditions that lead to a decrease of certain parts of the brain.
Could Help Dyslexic Children Read Better
A study from the University of Padua showed that
playing action video games can improve the reading skills of children with
Can Relieve Pain
In 2010, researchers from the American Pain
Society demonstrated that video games, especially those with an emphasis on
virtual reality, were effective in reducing anxiety or pain caused by medical
procedures or chronic diseases.
Playing video games also releases endorphins in
the brain, a chemical component generally associated with happiness and capable
of calming the feelings of discomfort.
Enhances Decision-making Capacity
Players must think very rapidly in fast-paced
game play. Games tend to help people in real life, as well. Some players can
have a better understanding of what is happening around them and take decisions
Increase the Feeling of Well-being
Video games are far from encouraging violence and
causing depression, as some suggest. A study conducted by the University of
North Carolina in the United States and published in 2013 shows that older
people who play video games regularly have a better level of well-being than
Shooting games such as Halo, Call of Duty or
Gears of War also help men to feel better about themselves, according to the
American magazine Wired in 2012. These games manage to satisfy some of their
psychological needs, such as displaying their masculinity and showing that they
are "ready to fight".
Playing video games can also make you a better
person. In video plays, you fight with the wrong people and make informed
decisions. Video games also encourage designers to convey their unique stories
and ideas while providing useful insights into various cultural backgrounds
that we would be unable to experience otherwise.
Joe Rogan may have tried to emphasize his
comments in particular on the heavy reliance of the video game. Nevertheless,
he was unaware of the merits of video games and the growth of the industry.
Also, addiction is not restricted to gaming and is common in all sectors of
As with everything, gaming has negative
aspects-and we don't deny that. However, the positive consequences of video
games are worth noting and remembering.