Want your child to go and play outside instead of sitting at home and playing the video games?
It’s generally believed that video games are somewhat responsible for the childhood obesity as they make kids sit in front of screens, and they don’t go outside and play.
Is this your worry? Then, you might want to buy your kid a new video game after reading this!
A new research proposes that teenagers who play more sports-themed video games are more likely to get connected with real-life sports activities over time.
What’s more from research? Playing these video games seems to improve kids’ self-esteem by letting them understand, develop and master sports-related skills and awareness.
This research also suggests that sports video games produce a safe environment for youngsters to enhance sport-related skills and experience the excitement and the thrill of victory.
A survey of students from grade nine to twelve was held where they were asked how frequently they played sports video games?
Not surprisingly, we discovered students who played sports regularly were the same who played sports-themed video games. Moreover, we also found that sports video games play prophesied greater engagement in sports over time.
In other words, playing sports-themed games actually motivate teenagers to turn off their computers and get onto the playing field. But exactly what inspire them to suit up?
The answer is confidence! Playing sports video games predicted greater self-esteem, and in turn, self-esteem foretold greater engagement in (actual physical) sports.
This finding implies that sports video games provide a protected and secure environment for the teens to improve their sport-related skills, and help them in experiencing the excitement of victory, which over time intensify their self-esteem, and, in turn, boost them to participate in real-life sports.
We are familiar with the benefits of sports in our children’s lives. Sports help our children to develop useful habits by associating hard work with the rewards that come with their victory. For kids who are too shy or dubious to learn the basics of the sport in front of their peers, the video-game comfort can serve as a safe space to expand their skills and self-confidence.
So what have you decided? Would you let your child play their favorite sport related video game?
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