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Today is Video Games Day and many surveys say they are good for you!

Donkey Kong was my favorite game to play and I loved watching my son play Fortnite but he has moved on from that game and I’m bored with GTA!  What are your favorite past and present video games?



A study by the University of Sydney reveals that playing video games can reduce lower back pain by 30% in people over the age of 55. Those who took part in the study enjoyed a 23% increase in physical function from playing video games.

Researcher Josh Zadro tells the Daily Mail; ”Our study found that home-based video game exercises are a valuable treatment. It is a great option for older people suffering from chronic low back pain as participants experienced a 27% reduction in pain. Participants practiced flexibility, strengthening and aerobic exercises for 60 minutes, three times per week at home without therapist supervision. Structured exercise programs are recommended for the management of chronic LBP, but there is poor compliance to unsupervised home-exercises. These exercise programs could be a unique solution to increase older people’s motivation to self-manage their chronic LBP through home-exercise.”


A study by the University of Central Florida reveals that playing video games can make you more productive at work.

Researcher Michael Rupp tells the Daily Mail; “We often try to power through the day to get more work finished, which might not be as effective as taking some time to detach for a few minutes. People should plan short breaks to make time for an engaging and enjoyable activity, such as video games, that can help them recharge.”


A study by Stetson University reveals that violent video games may be therapeutic. Researchers studied 377 children to see if violent video games made them more angry or aggressive.

The researchers tell the Daily Mail, ”There was no evidence that violent video games increase bullying or delinquent behavior among vulnerable youth with clinically elevated mental health symptoms. In some cases playing the violent games was cathartic, helping to reduce their aggressive tendencies and bullying behavior. Statistically speaking it would actually be more unusual if a youth delinquent or shooter did not play violent video games, given that the majority of youth and young men play such games at least occasionally.”


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