5 reasons for prioritising structured play-time for your family.

Ask an average person on the street about who plays games and the answer you are likely to get is that games are for kids. Yet a recent survey by ESA (2015) reported that the average age of a gamer is 31 years old. This exposes a stark disconnect between perception and reality1

 

The global digital games industry is worth a staggering $100 billion in 2016 and is larger than both the worldwide movie and music industries. However, unlike other entertainment industries, that are getting increasingly digitised, non-digital games such as board and card games are also enjoying a massive resurgence worldwide.

It’s not just about fun either, games have found uses in Healthcare, Defence, Public Services, Petrochemicals, Maritime, Construction, Hospitality and other industries. Games are being used for a variety of serious applications such as k-12, and adult education, physical therapy and even commercial applications such as recruitment, evaluation and training.

A big reason for the burgeoning popularity of games is that a tide of scientific studies and researches across the globe proclaim a growing list of mental, physical health benefits of regularly playing games.

Here is a list of 5 reasons why you should be planning structured play time for your family

  1. Games help build real skills such as critical thinking and problem solving. They have been proven to help young children develop hand-eye co-ordination and spatial intelligence.2b
  2. Games help inculcate positive behaviours such as perseverance and overcoming adversity. They promote social well-being and can help children and teenagers develop emotional control and confidence3b.png.
  3. The human brain is a muscle and like all muscles it likes to get exercise. Games provide a natural, relaxing and holistic way of developing and flexing your brain muscles.4b.png
  4. In today’s day one of the most important things your children have to learn is how to control their screen time. A lot of parent’s neglect to teach their children how to be responsible users of online and digital media. A structured family play-time allows you to become a visible and available role-model for your child.5b
  5. Whether you digital or non-digital games they are a great way to find common ground with your children. If you start playing with your kids at an early age, set a planned amount of time aside every week and play a variety of games they will be a powerful way for the family to bond, talk, play and grow together.6

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