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Research published in
this month’s British Medical Journal (BMJ) may show that playing video
games can be beneficial to your health. According to Mark Griffiths,
of gambling studies
at Nottingham Trent University, video games act as a
distraction for young patients undergoing painful cancer treatments. It
may also help children with attention deficit disorders and autism.
The article states “Video
gaming is safe for most players and can be useful in healthcare.
Although playing video games is one of the most popular leisure
activities in the world, research into its effects on players, both
positive and negative, is often trivialized. Some of this research
deserves to be taken seriously, not least because video game playing has
implications for health.''
His research shows that
computer games can act as a “cognitive distraction”, helping to relieve
patients undergoing chemotherapy and treatment for sickle cell disease.
The patients had less nausea and even lower systolic blood pressure.
They also needed fewer analgesics.
Playing video games
prevented a child from continually touching a cut. “The
degree of attention needed to play such a game can distract
the player from the sensation of pain”.
“The child had neurodermatitis
and scarring due to continual picking at his upper lip.
Previous treatments had failed so the boy was given a hand
held video game to keep his hands occupied.”
Griffiths has been
observing children playing video games for 15 years. He warns some
violent video games may make some people aggressive. It might be a good
idea to mix game play with exercise to avoid obesity.
The study is at
Best Syndication Staff Writer