As you know, meditation comes in all shapes and sizes. And it’s not necessarily how you practice that matters. Rather, it’s the effect that a particular type of meditation produces in that it hopefully helps you to get better in touch with that ever important relationship with self. So for all you video game junkies out there, this one’s for you.
Mary Staub, in this recent Tech News Daily post, reports that video games might actually produce similar effects as meditation. According to Staub, video games have been shown to help players connect to various emotional emotional states like pride, love, happiness, and anger. And although this probably doesn’t come as a shock to most people, especially if you have experience playing Mortal Combat, the meditation benefits here are potentially profound when it comes to children. Says one experiment, by allowing children to play calming and relaxing games, the possibility exists to successfully connect them to that calm and relaxed place within themselves.
Video games may soon join the ranks of yoga and meditation as sources of calm and compassion, according to a new study that finds video games can have many psychological benefits.
“Our research shows that playing relaxing video games puts people in a better mood,” said Brad Bushman, a professor of communication and psychology at Ohio State University and co-author of the study.
“These games don’t only have a positive effect on the person who plays them — the effect reaches other people too because people who are in a good mood state are more willing to help others.”
Read more from Staub about video games as a form of meditation here.