Video Gamers Have Better Hand-Eye Coordination But Risk Computer Eyestrain

gamersDoes video game playing offer health benefits or health risks?  As with many things, the answer is “it depends…”

Researchers at the Centre for Vision Research at York University in Toronto have discovered that young men who spend a lot of time playing video games do better at performing other complex visuomotor tasks.  Using functional MRI technology, scientists found that the brains of gamers had actually been “rewired.”  They used a different part of their brain than their non-gaming counterparts when performing complex task involving hand-eye coordination.

According to the source of this story, Medical News Today,” Such findings can hold important implications for research into neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, where people with the disease find it increasingly difficult to complete even the simplest hand-eye coordination tasks.”

On the other hand, studies have shown that people who spend a great deal of time in front of computer screens are susceptible to computer eyestrain which can lead to glaucomaFor hints on how to avoid computer eyestrain, please visit our website.