Most people have this idea that video games are leading to the destruction of society. That people that play games are some kind of social recluses with no real social skills and are going to lead to our collective doom. Well, gamers might not be the alpha males and females you've been dreaming of, but they very well may lead our society into a more enlightened age.
What on Earth am I talking about? Consider these ideas. What do people who don't play games usually do? Well, they have a regular job, with a regular family, and they live in a regular house in a regular neighborhood. So far so good, right? What do you think they spend most of their time doing? Rebuilding transistor radios in the garage? Studying the classics and writing essays based on their newfound knowledge? Participating in healthy political debate down at the local community center?
No. They waste their precious free time sitting in front of the TV. No original thoughts. Their brainwaves are voluntarily given up to sitcoms, dramas, and the ever pounding onslaught of TV commercials. Any creative thinking patterns are slowly wasted away as they convince themselves they need new shoes, new shirts, and the latest set of golf clubs.
Are these the folks we want leading us into the future?
Consider, on the other hand, gamers. Those misfits that we quickly dismiss. Are they giving their brains up to Madison Avenue? Are they voluntarily destroying their creative thought? Quite the contrary. They are engaged in creative thinking, problem solving, and consistent spatial-geometric thought processing. Just the thing that researchers have shown can increase intelligence.
Of course, you'll never hear about this in the news. They only tell us about those poor misguided souls who play video games for several days straight, often without even a bathroom break. These people usually have deeper problems, and their addiction to games is just one of many symptoms. It is certainly not the cause.
In healthy individuals, games are a great way to express intelligence. They are a great way to learn crucial problem solving skills. They are even a source for team building, as multi player games are more popular than ever.
When it come to building the future, who would your trust? Those that have experience slaying demons, or those that have plenty of experience being told what to do by some mid level actress?
Turn off the TV, and try out the latest video game. The world will thank you.