We are always hearing about how bad video games can be for us. We sit on our sofas, eat junk food, drink soda and whittle away the hours as we attempt to solve the latest mystery or kill the newest villain.
Apparently, not all video games are bad for us. Tetris can actually be beneficial and there have been multiple studies in various fields to prove it.
One study in Oxford showed that twenty minutes of gameplay helped to reduce the incidents of flashbacks in traumatic vehicular accidents.
Another study in Australia showed that playing Tetris can actually help reduce cravings for everything from coffee to alcohol, even drugs.
Researcher Prof Jackie Andrade explained: “We think the Tetris effect happens because craving involves imagining the experience of consuming a particular substance or indulging in a particular activity. Playing a visually interesting game like Tetris occupies the mental processes that support that imagery; it is hard to imagine something vividly and play Tetris at the same time.”
Another study also showed that an adapted version of Tetris helped treat a condition known as lazy eye when both eyes are forced to work together.
Dr Robert Hess, from McGill University in Canada, who ran the study said: “Using head-mounted video goggles we were able to display the game dichoptically, where one eye was allowed to see only the falling objects, and the other eye was allowed to see only the ground plane objects.”
So, next time someone tells you that video games aren’t good for you, pull up a few of these studies and tell them, that not ALL videos games are bad.