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 reality
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
- 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.
- 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 confidence.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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