According to some studies conducted over the years, it has been confirmed that playing video games on a regular basis helps you to make the right decisions much faster. Developing a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around you doesn’t just make you better at playing video games, but also improves the general skills that can help you with everyday activities like multitasking and driving. Reaction times are important in both video games and the real world, so naturally, there would be a correlation between the two.
Research on reaction times in teenagers and adults
The research conducted at the University of Rochester showed that certain video games can be used to speed up reactions in many types of real-life situations. The researchers tested dozens of 18 to 25 year-olds who were not playing video games on a regular basis. They made two groups out of these subjects. One group played 50 hours of fast-paced video games like Call of Duty, Unreal Tournament and Quake 3, while the other group played 50 hours of RTS (Real Time Strategy) games like The Sims or Age of Empires. This test was designed to track reaction times of different groups of players.
After the 50 hours of playing different games, all of the subjects were tasked by making quick decisions in several tests designed by the researchers. Unsurprisingly, the action game players were up to 25 percent faster at coming to a conclusion and answered just as many questions correctly as the other group.
One of the researchers Daphne Bevelier said “It’s not the case that the action game players are trigger-happy and less accurate: They are just as accurate and also faster. Action game players make more correct decisions per unit time. If you are a surgeon or you are in the middle of a battlefield, that can make all the difference.”
In conclusion, it has been confirmed that playing fast-paced action games can improve your reaction times. One of the more popular games that is known for its requirement of faster reaction times is CS:GO (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive). Go ahead and watch a professional match of CS:GO and you’ll understand everything. So yes, video gaming can help you develop real-life skills that can be useful.