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If you’re one of those people who think that playing video games is a complete waste of time and you’re always trying to get your kids, spouse and gamer friends to put their phones down, then you’re wrong. Sure, no one should be glued to their phone or console all of the time, but it has long been established that video games can have a whole lot of benefits from reducing depression to beating stress, which means that they are by no means a complete waste of time.

Here are some of the very real benefits you can gain when you play mobile video games in moderation:

Improved Moods

If you don’t believe that playing video games can boost one’s mood, download FFXV A New Empire or Civilization Revolution 2 and start building your own empire. You’ll soon see how good it feels to work out how to play a game and then to navigate its complex worlds getting completely sucked in. All of your cares just melt away, and you can be truly in the moment. Basically, a good game can get you into a flow state, and this can really help you to manage conditions like anxiety and depression. Of course, you shouldn’t try to use games in place of medical help or throw out your medication, but spending an hour or two on a favorite title really won’t hurt and might actually help you to feel better.

Boost Your Brain Power

Playing mobile games, providing you choose the right ones, like Two Dots, Where’s My Water, and even things like bingo, as well as mystery titles like those in the Inspector Layton series, can help to keep your brain engaged, improve spatial awareness and even boost your memory when played regularly. That is why more older people should consider playing these games that many of them think are a waste of time. Even playing just a few minutes each day can be beneficial.

They Bring People Together

It’s fair to say that many mobile games, like Words with Friends 2 and Scrabble, are great at bringing people together. It might be difficult to play games with granny when she lives three states away, but you can play with her every night using the right technology, and more and more people are doing just that – using mobile games to maintain relationships and even create new communities with people all over the world who enjoy the same interests.

They Help Kids with Autism

One study found that kids with Autism tend to be more engaged when they’re enjoying a victory in a game, especially if that game is an MMO title like Celtic Heroes or Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

They Improve Dexterity

For young children and other people who struggle with dexterity, spending some time each day playing mobile games that demand a lot of hand action can be a good way to improve their dexterity without any pressure. There are lots of games, like Tug Wars, Hunter Monster and Angry Birds that are perfect for this purpose. Just make sure that, if you’re letting young children access your device, they are supervised, and you have put any necessary security measures in place.

Improves Problem Solving

As I hinted at above, playing titles like Inspector Layton can help to improve your problem-solving abilities. We all face lots of challenges in daily life that require us to solve problems, So training our brains to do just that by playing a game or two on our tablets now and again is a great way to make life a little easier. It will be particularly beneficial for kids who struggle with problem-solving tasks at school because it’s easier to engage them in a game than a school-work task that they are struggling with.

Improves Concentration

There are also some studies to suggest that playing video games can improve the concentration of everyone, but particularly children. This is particularly true if they are playing games that have a lot of objectives and tasks that need to be completed before one can move on to the next level.

They Teach You Things

Anyone who’s ever played Lightbot, which teaches kids how to code, or apparatus, which is a physics-based title, for example, will know that mobile games can actually teach you new skills and give you new information. It’s just a matter of choosing wisely.

So, as you can see, there really is nothing wrong with a little light mobile gaming. In fact, it might do you some good to start swiping.

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